Computer requirements

As a major part of your education in dental school, many aspects will be provided to you through some form of technology. The VCU School of Dentistry provides online instruction and testing as well as secure electronic health record and clinical system access via computers. To provide a stable and reliable platform for academic and clinical operations, the School of Dentistry has mandatory, standardized the computer requirements for students.

Students entering the School of Dentistry in the dental and dental hygiene programs will be able to purchase a specially-configured Dell Ultrabook laptop. This laptop will be preloaded with standard software used at the School of Dentistry and compatible with all of our educational technologies and electronic clinical processes.

Dell XPS 13 Laptop

  • 13.3 inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge touch display
  • 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB ram
  • 256 GB solid state drive
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Widescreen HD (720p) webcam
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB-C
  • 3–in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Dimensions: Height: 0.33 – 0.6" | Width: 11.98" | Depth: 7.88"; Weight: 2.9 lbs.
  • 4-year on-site support with accidental damage coverage
  • VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and USB-A via Dell Adapter
  • No internal optical drive. VCU students have 30 GB of cloud and email storage from Google.

Software bundle

  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013
  • Examsoft
  • Sophos Anti-virus
  • Cisco AnyConnect VPN client

Financial aid for computers

Questions about financial aid may be answered by going to VCU’s Enrollment Services website.

Wireless network and off-campus access

There is free wireless Internet access available throughout the School of Dentistry, VCU residence halls and most areas throughout the VCU campus. Most new computers are equipped with a wireless network card. Visit the VCU Technology Services website for more information.

If you plan to access the VCU network from off campus, such as in your home or apartment, you will need two things: a network card or modem and an account with an Internet Service Provider that services your area.