Onboarding for students

DGSOM students in Geffen Hall


Welcome and congratulations on joining the UCLA Bruin family!

There are a few things you'll need to review and do before you are fully connected to the campus network, but don't worry, you'll be set up in a few steps.


Setup steps

Review computing standards to ensure your device is compatible


The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA requires all entering medical students to have a laptop that meets the minimum standards outlined below. 

Note: If you receive financial aid, you will only be eligible to receive funds for this Computing Requirement in your first year.


Requirement (Mac or Win OS) Recommended Model
  • Mac OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or newer
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM recommended)
  • 13” minimum screen size
  • Built in Webcam and Microphone
  • Office 2016
  • Full Disk Encryption is mandated. It is recommended to backup data first. Self-encrypt with Filevault2, Apple’s native encryption software.

MacBook Pro 13 Inch

  • 10th Generation i5 up to 3.8 GHz
  • 16 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • Retina Display with Webcam and Microphone
  • Touch ID and Touch Bar
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 4 Year Warranty
  • 3.01 Pounds
  • Windows 10 Professional Edition
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB RAM recommended)
  • 13” minimum screen size
  • Built in Webcam and Microphone
  • Office 2016
  • Full Disk Encryption is mandated. It is recommended to backup data first.
  • If the laptop contains TPM 1.2+ hardware, self-encrypt with Bitlocker.
  • Without TPM 1.2+ hardware: DGIT will use software to encrypt.

TPM is an embedded security chip that enables native encryption. TPM cannot be added after purchase. A TPM enabled laptop is recommended.

Dell Standard 14” Laptop

  • Dell Latitude 7410
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i5-10310U (4 Core, 6MB Cache, base 1.6GHz, up to 4.4GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe Class 40
  • 14 Inch Screen with Webcam and Microphone
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 3 Cell Battery
  • 4 Year Warranty
  • Starting at 3.11 Pounds

Hardware/Software NOT compatible

  • Chromebooks
  • Tablets (iPad, other)
  • Mobile devices
  • Windows Home (operating systems)
  • Linux (operating systems)


Review phone enrollment requirements


Under HS Policy No. 9453-C, encryption is required for all types of workstations, mobile devices, and removable media used for any University business.

Review requirements on Mednet 


Set up your Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)


What is MFA?

UCLA Heatlh: Activate UCLA Health MFA to remotely access Mednet Email, CareConnect, and more.  Activate UCLA Health MFA →

UCLA Main Campus: Activate UCLA Logon (main campus) MFA to remotely access applications protected by UCLA logon ID, including My UCLA, BruinBill, and more. Activate UCLA Logon MFA →


Review the encryption requirements


Encryption is a required data safeguard for school-issued devices.

Ensure compliance in three steps:

1. See if your device is already encrypted.

2. If necessary, encrypt your device using Bitlocker or FileVault.

3. Install OnGuard to access the UCLAHealthSecure wireless network. 


Review our guide for connecting remotely


If you need to log in while off campus, please review our guide for connecting safely and securely.

View the guide →


Get help from IT Connect


DGIT is temporarily transitioning IT Connect, our walk-up support desk at CHS, to a virtual help desk.

For virtual support: Join us on Zoom. Once you call in, you will be directed to a waiting room until a technician is available to assist you. Staff will be available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Join us on Zoom 





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