Educational technology in the MD Program is supported by the Educational Technology and Innovation Unit (ETIU) alongside key partners in Washington University Information Technology (WashU IT). Supported teaching and learning tools, systems, and processes include the Keystone teaching and learning platform as well as the Student Laptop Guidelines below.

Visit ETIU’s page to learn more about our team, or contact us at for support.

Student laptop guidelines

ETIU recommends the following hardware and software to successfully use teaching and learning systems within the MD Program.

Eligibility for financial aid

Students eligible for federal aid may request a one-time increase (at any point during their degree) to their cost of attendance to add educational laptop expenses into their federal loans. Contact the Office of Student Financial Planning prior to purchase to discuss eligibility.

Requirement for personal device use

Students are required to own and use a personal cellphone and personal laptop (per Student Laptop Guidelines) throughout the duration of the MD Program. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure their personal devices function properly and are able to connect to the WUSM-Secure wireless network, including coordinating and funding any necessary personal device repair via cellphone/laptop vendors or manufacturers.

WashU Campus Store laptop options

The Danforth Bookstore Technology Center, managed by Follett Higher Education Group, serves students, faculty, and staff on the Danforth Campus and Medical campuses. Review information below on deals and tax holidays. Then, click the Shop button to browse configured laptops which meet, or exceed, current student laptop recommendations.

Deals & delivery options

Dell’s Back-to-School Offer: Stay tuned for the next deal!
Pickup on Campus Option: If desired, Follett can hold your laptop order for pickup at either the Medical or Danforth Campus bookstores. Select your preferred pickup location with your order.
Dell Laptop Options: All systems include 3-year Dell Premium warranty with Accidental Damage Protection. As needed, Dell laptop repair diagnostics and on-site service are scheduled via the Dell Premium warranty service.
Apple Laptop Purchase Options: All systems include 3-year AppleCare+ warranty and up to 2 accidental damage repairs for a service fee. As needed, MacBook repair diagnostics and service are offered at Danforth Campus Store Tech Center or any Apple Store or authorized service provider.

Back-to-school state sales tax holidays

Keep an eye out for back-to-school sales tax holidays that may apply to computer purchases. If you’re not in a state with a holiday, you may still benefit from deals timed to match these tax-free dates (typically early August). See this list from the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Teaching & learning platforms


Find your courses and resources in Keystone, a competency-based teaching and learning platform. Keystone houses course materials and communications, such as event pages, instructional videos, assignments, and exams as well as orientation materials, ed tech help, and resources.

MD Program Canvas — Pre-2020 Enrollment

If you started your program prior to 2020, MD Program Canvas houses most of your course materials and communications, such as session pages, lectures, assignments, and exams as well as orientation materials, IT help, and resources.


Contact for assistance with Keystone or MD Program Canvas.

If you take courses outside of the MD Program (e.g., dual degree, MSTP, interdisciplinary offerings), you’ll find your non-MD courses in WashU MyCanvas. For MyCanvas support with School of Medicine courses, contact