2-Factor Authentication (DUO)
UC Merced Single Sign-On (SSO) requires 2-factor authentication for all faculty, staff, student, and affiliate accounts. The preferred method for 2-factor authentication is using a mobile phone, either via the Duo app or SMS text messaging. More information on DUO may be found here.
Whether you are purchasing a new computer or bringing your computer, it will need to meet the recommended minimum specifications for optimal performance. If your personal computer does not meet these specifications, we recommend you purchase a new computer not only for performance but so that UC Merced's Help Desk can offer IT support if needed.
We recommend you use one of the Office of Information Technology's officially supported operating systems: Apple’s Mac OS X or Windows 8. For other operating systems, OIT will do their best to assist you, but cannot guarantee the same level of support.
For more information, please visit the Office of Information Technology website on computer recommendations for students.