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Dairy Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2021-2022 Baseline Minimum System Requirements

For All Incoming Undergraduate Students



Laptop or Tablet
Note: Chromebook not recommended. PC platform required - Dairy Science Majors use industry-specific software that is PC-specific and does not work well in Bootcamp or other "PC parallel" software on Macs.  

Operating System

Windows 10 (64-Bit)

Processor Speed

Intel Core i-series

Memory (RAM)

16 GB or higher

Hard Drive

Minimum 500 GB SSD (Solid State Drive)


Built-in or external with built in microphone (headset/earbuds recommended)


802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11ax recommended)


3 Year on-site service support with accident damage coverage (4 Year is highly recommended)


Software Suite: Students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle through the Virginia Tech Software Service Center. More information can be found at Student Software Center.

Included Products: Microsoft Windows Operating System with Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus
Platform: MAC OS and Windows
Eligibility: Valid while enrolled in undergraduate classes at Virginia Tech
Note: Office 365 Pro Plus can be downloaded and installed on up to five machines and Office mobile apps can be installed on up to five mobile devices.


Any backup method of choice including cloud-based services like Google Drive.


Kathy Duncan