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Prematriculation and Orientation

The information on this page will help to prepare you for your orientation program in June and for the start of your first semester at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Class of 2026 Orientation

  • Orientation:  June 13-17, 2022

As you get closer to your orientation date, we will be updating this page with more detailed information. For now, here is a helpful guide from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, or AACOM, titled Resources for Medical Students.

We look forward to welcoming you in June!

Computer Recommendations

All software that pre clerkship students will be using is supported by Windows, MacOS, and iOS.  However, Examplify has been reported to be buggy and difficult to use on iOS (the OS used on iPad).  For this reason, MSUCOM recommends that you have AT LEAST a Windows 10 or Mac device.  iPads should strongly be considered as a supplemental device for portability and flexibility of use.

The system requirements below are based off of Examplify’s minimum system requirements and additional graphics card requirements for graphics-heavy software used in the curriculum.

In addition to the hardware recommendations listed below, many MSUCOM services require an internet connection. An internet speed of at least 5 Mbps is recommended.

Not Sufficient

  • iPad only (meets most MSUCOM software requirements but does not work well with Examplify)*
  • Chromebook (not supported by many of the above software tools)
  • Laptop with an ARM processor (not supported by Examplify)

*If you plan to ONLY use an iPad, please email balmer@msu.edu with your device information.  An additional Examplify license for the iPad will need to be purchased.

Good

  • Windows Laptop
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit 20H2, 21H1, 21H2 or Windows 11 64-bit 21H2
    • RAM: 8 GB  
    • Processor: Intel i5 (8th gen or newer)
    • Graphics Card: Intel HD 4600, 2 GB VRAM (Minimum for VH-Dissector)
    • Disk space: >12 GB free disk space  
  • Mac Laptop
    • OS: MacOS 10.15 (“Catalina”) or higher
    • RAM: 8 GB
    • Processor: Intel i5 (8th gen or newer)
    • Graphics Card: Intel HD 4600, 2 GB VRAM
    • Disk space: >12 GB free disk space  

Better

  • Windows Laptop
    • OS: Same as “Good”
    • RAM: 16 GB or more
    • Processor i7 8th gen or newer, or i9 9th gen or newer
    • Graphics card: Intel Iris 540 or newer
    • Disk space: same as “Good”
  • Mac Laptop
    • OS: Same as “Good”
    • Processor: i7 8th gen or newer, or i9 9th gen or newer
    • Graphics card: Intel Iris 540 or newer
    • Disk space: same as “Good”

Best

  • A Windows or Mac Laptop that meets at least the “Good” specifications, AND an iPad with at least these specifications:  
    • Model: iPad 7+, iPad Air 3+, iPad Mini 5+, iPad Pro 2+
    • OS: iPadOS 13 or greater