Students enrolled in online courses with the University of Houston should be aware of the following technology requirements to ensure a successful online learning experience. To enroll and participate in online classes, students must use a desktop computer or laptop (PC or Mac) with internet access. Check the requirements below to ensure that your computer is appropriately equipped.
Contact University Information Technology (UIT) at 713-743-1411 for technology support services, including suggested specifications for purchasing new computers. Technology discounts for students are also available via CougarByte. Need financial assistance with a technology purchase? Students who need additional assistance for education-related expenses, especially with technology purchases, are encouraged to call a financial aid representative at 713-743-1010, option 5, to discuss additional assistance options.
|Wi-Fi / Internet connection: Use fast.com to check your internet speed.||Wireless 802.11ac, wired ethernet, or DSL recommended; minimum Internet Download Speed: 1.5 Mbps; minimum Internet Upload Speed: 1 Mbps|
|Windows Operating System minimum requirements||Windows 10 Intel-based i5 Dual Core 64-bit (x64) processor; 16 GB of RAM, minimum; at least 500GB hard drive|
|Windows web browser requirements||Download the most recent version of Google Chrome or Firefox (free downloads) or use Microsoft Edge. Blackboard no longer supports Internet Explorer|
|Mac Operating System||Mac OS X 10.15 or later; Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor or better; faster processor speeds are recommended. 16 GB of RAM minimum.|
|Mac web browser requirements||Download the most recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari (free downloads).|
|Screen size||15" screen recommended|
|Microphone and Webcam (for online virtual proctored exams and/or synchronous class meetings). Visit the office of Online & Special Programs for proctored exam information.||Microphone: any microphone, either internal or external Webcam: 320 x 240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external|
|Additional recommended software. Visit University Information Technology for information and resources on available downloads.||Additional software downloads for UH Students|
|Course requirements vary and you may need additional software or hardware. Please review the class syllabus and contact your instructor for additional information.||Please review the class syllabus and contact your instructor for additional information. Class syllabus can be accessed via your myUH account.|