Access to a laptop or computer is essential for your learning. Learning activities may include downloading or streaming video lectures, accessing coursework and taking quizzes in Canvas, participating in course discussions in Zoom, or working on group projects via Microsoft Teams, among others. A tablet or phone may not be sufficient for all learning activities.

See our computer and internet recommendations below, along with a list of on-campus resources that can help connect you to the technology you need to succeed at UWM!

Please Note: minimum recommendations are noted below, as well as preferences recommended by UWM IT staff for optimal usage.

Computer Recommendations
  • Windows 11 or 10 computer
    • Intel Core i5 (or i7) or AMD Ryzen processor [2018 or newer preferred]
    • 8 GB RAM [16GB preferred]
    • 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) [512GB preferred]
    • 1920 x 1080 (“full HD”) screen resolution – Minimum recommendation
    • Webcam with integrated microphone
  • Apple computer running at least macOS 12 (Monterey)
    • Apple M1 processor – Minimum recommendation
    • 8 GB RAM – Minimum recommendation
    • 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD) – Minimum recommendation
    • Webcam with integrated microphone
Internet Recommendations
  • Reliable, high-speed internet connection
    • 15 megabit per second (Mb/s) or better download speed
    • 5 megabit per second (Mb/s) or better upload speed
  • Wireless hotspot or tethering from a cell phone will not be sufficient.

Resources for finding technology @UWM

The UWM TechStore
The UWM TechStore is your one-stop-shop for technology necessities at UWM. Shop online or in-store at the Panther Shop and find the latest technology from Dell and Apple along with almost any accessory you could ever need!

School and College Technology Recommendations
Depending on your intended major, your school/college may have specific technology recommendations that do not align with the ones outlined above. Talk to your advisor about possible technology recommendations for your specific course load.