Basic technology requirements for online learning

Basic technology is required for learning in the online environment.

Laptop or desktop computer

  • MAC with OSX 10.11 or later / Windows 10
  • Extended warranty recommended for laptops and all portable devices
  • Webcam for synchronous activities
  • Headset/Speakers for synchronous activities

Internet Access:

  • Minimum 4 mbps recommended
  • 10 mbps down / 1 mbps up recommended for synchronous activities and if multiple users in same house (e.g. Netflix and Zoom running at same time)
  • Test your internet speed on or

Students unable to obtain IT resources due to financial hardship or other accessibility need should reach out to Student Services as a limited number of laptops are available through the BU Laptop Loan Program.