Technology

UMSI Computing

The UMSI Computing staff provides first-rate information technology services to all UMSI faculty, staff, and students. UMSI Computing is exclusive to the School of Information and should not be confused with Information Technology Services (ITS), which serves the entire University community. UMSI Computing supports the high-quality research and education that occurs at UMSI with the latest in technological services and support, including a distributed computing environment, access to campus-wide and Internet resources, and UMSI’s own servers for storage and computational services. To learn more about what UMSI Computing has to offer and how to use various services, please see computing.si.umich.edu.

Free high-speed, wireless Internet access is available in all campus buildings, including North Quad (and in many locations around town). At UMSI, many class readings are posted online, so you can reduce your cost — and the paper use and carrying weight — for textbooks and articles. UMSI also provides free access to a package of Virtual Lab software and a print environment to support your needs.

MSI student laptop policy

The School of Information strongly encourages all students entering the MSI program to obtain a personal laptop computer.  Laptops are used in some classes, in group projects outside of class, and of course, can serve your other information processing needs. Rather than having traditional computing lab, UMSI utilizes virtual lab technology that all students can access anytime, anywhere, making a laptop more essential.

UMSI and U-M are both PC and Mac friendly and specific recommendations are below. As long as you have a recent version of a modern operating system you should be fine in terms of being able to access the software and systems that you need. Otherwise, consider your own usage needs and preferences when selecting a laptop. UMSI does not provide support for student-owned laptops. However, if your laptop fails at a critical time, UMSI computing has a few laptops available for short term loan while your laptop is repaired.

Computer purchasing recommendations

Windows laptop/notebook:

  • Dual core 1.6 GHz minimum processor
  • Minimum of 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB minimum SSD or 500 GB minimum hard drive
  • 2.4/5 GHz dual-band 802.11n (or better) Wi-Fi
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8.x
  • At least one year of extended warranty suggested

Macintosh laptop/notebook:

  • Dual core 1.6 GHz minimum processor
  • Minimum of 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB minimum SSD or 500 GB minimum hard drive
  • 2.4/5 GHz dual-band 802.11n (or better) Wi-Fi
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (or newer)
  • At least one year of extended AppleCare warranty suggested

One source for purchasing a laptop is through the University of Michigan Computer Showcase.  The U-M Computer Showcase is on-campus and offers academic pricing on a selection of options.  The U-M Computer Showcase Support & Repair centers offer no- and low-cost services for computers purchased in the Showcase and elsewhere.