Computer Standards

Last Updated: September 24, 2015

EVMS is committed to utilizing new and emerging learning technologies that enhance and facilitate learning opportunities and outcomes and continually monitors, evaluates, and improves the curriculum to provide the best possible educational program.

In order for incoming students to take advantage of the ever changing technology, COMPUTER STANDARDS have been set for the incoming students in January 2015.  Each incoming student will need to have a personal laptop computer capable of running the necessary software and applications used in our curriculum.  The standards are the minimum necessary for a student to successfully participate in the curriculum during the 28 month program.  

We understand that choices in computer manufacturer and operating system are personal and every effort has been made to provide for such flexibility, however, the computer MUST meet the minimum specifications.  As such, “netbooks”, iPads, and other tablets will not meet these requirements and cannot be relied on as sufficient to fulfill this requirement for incoming students. 

Further information and specifications are available below or can be downloaded in the document linked here.


PA Program Minimum Requirements

LAPTOP (no more than 2 years old)

NOTE: Netbooks, Chromebooks, iPads and other tablets are not viable choices to meet the following standards

  • Operating System: Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) Home Premium (or higher) is recommended

NOTE: Windows 8 & 8.1 (excluding version RT) and Mac OSX 10.7.x - 10.10.x will meet the requirements to access the campus network and are officially supported at this time. Windows 10 and OS X v10.11 ("El Capitan") will not be immediately supported upon release.  Backend testing and compatibility will be assessed by the Network Center and a decision to support will be announced once complete.  Network Information Center alerts are distributed to students through their Outlook e-mail address.

The Network Information Center recommends that students do not upgrade operating systems without prior confirmation of institutional compatibility. 

  • Processor: minimum dual core
  • RAM: minimum 4 GB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Wireless cards: 802.11 a/b/g/n (ac compatibility recommended)
  • Service Plan: minimum 28 months


PC:  Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 10)
Mac:  Safari version 5.1.7 or higher

NOTE: The Network Information Center HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that students do not use beta versions of these browsers.


  • Software required for EVMS network access and functionality on campus are provided to students
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Standard Edition or higher*
  • Adobe Acrobat XI or higher*

*these programs can be purchased through the myEVMS portal at a reduced rate after enrollment. Log on, click “IT Services” on the top menu, and follow the links under “Employee Discounts” (bottom right column)


  • CD/DVD drive
  • External Storage device (large capacity jump drive or external drive) for data backup (optional but recommended)


EVMS Network Center Support

Because of the variability in computer manufacturers, hardware, software, etc, the EVMS Network Center will only provide support for installing the necessary software to ensure compliance with and access to the EVMS wireless network access.  The Network Center is not able to provide support or troubleshooting for hardware or software/application support.  All support, troubleshooting, and updates will be the student’s responsibility; therefore, purchase of a service plan for your computer is hihgly recommended.  

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Financial Aid

EVMS Financial Aid offers students a method of increasing their cost of attendance budget in order to assist in reimbursement of their laptop purchase, if needed.  The Budget Adjustment Allowances policy is available online and provides in part:

Personal Computer – Adjustments for the purchase of a personal computer (PDA excluded) will be made once during the student’s academic career, not to exceed $2,200. Expenses will be added to the cost of the student budget upon receipt of a written request from the student and documentation of the expenses.

The Budget Increase Request Form is available from EVMS Financial Aid.  

Caution:  All loan funds are divided in equal disbursements and released on the first day of each term.  Any computer purchased which meets the guidelines and properly documented is eligible for a budget increase. 

If you have questions about financial aid or the budget increase process, please contact EVMS Financial Aid at or 757.446.5804.  

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Further Questions

If you have any questions about the hardware requirements, please contact the Network Information Center ( 

If you have financial aid questions, please contact them directly at 757.446.5804 |

All other questions may be directed to the PA Program (757.446.7158 |