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Campus Technology

Recommended Hardware and Software

Students are not required to bring a computer or printer to campus as there are many computer labs around campus.

The University recommends minimum requirements when bringing a computer to campus.  This will ensure that students’ technology is compatible with the software used at the University.

Minimum Specifications Issued March, 2019

  • 8th generation Intel i-Series processor (or equivalent AMD offerings)
  • 8 GB RAM (more recommended)
  • 1 TB hard drive or 250GB solid state drive
  • Internal/External DVD drive
  • Ethernet port or adapter
  • Wireless adapter capable of 802.11ac
  • A backup device (External hard drive, CD/DVD burner) is essential. This will allow for the copy and protection of important files. Also, a USB Flash Drive (8GB or greater) is useful for backup and transferring data. You may also consider a cloud-based data storage solution (such as www.dropbox.com)

 

PLEASE NOTE: One’s program of study may have specifications which may supersede these recommendations.

 

The recommended software on your personal computer should include:

  • Operating System (minimum recommended)
    • Windows: Windows 10, or newer
    • Apple: Mac OS X 10.10, or newer
  • Productivity Suite:
    • Microsoft Office 2016 for PC or Mac
    • Please note that all students are entitled to a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite through their Office 365 accounts. For information on how to install Office 365, please visit Install Office - How-To Documents
  • Web Browser:
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, or Edge

 

Malware protection software is critical! Keep it current and any license active. Fully scan the contents of your drives. We find that procuring the extended warranty or AppleCare to be valuable, and highly recommended. Third-party options, such as Squaretrade.com are available for extending recently purchased systems.