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Technical Specifications for Laptops and Mobile Devices: Home

Specifications are based on requirements of applications used in learning and examination activities

Laptop Specifications

Laptop Requirement / Specifications

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR OWN LAPTOP IN ALL COLLEGES/SCHOOLS EXCEPT for students matriculated in the School of Graduate Studies.

 

Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Laptop with integrated physical keyboard (fixed or convertible)
  • Recent/Current Windows or Apple Operating System (OS):
    • Windows OS 11 or 10.
    • Apple OS version 12 (Monterey) or 11 (Big Sur)
  • Hardware: Drive: 256 Gb or more; RAM 8 Gb or more.
  • Camera/Microphone: either the laptop's own embedded camera/microphone or an external USB webcam.

TABLETS, CHROMEBOOKS AND LINUX LAPTOPS DO NOT MEET CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS!

List of Apple Operating Systems

List of Windows Operating Systems

 

Temporary Loaner Laptop Program

IF YOUR LAPTOP IS DAMAGED, STUDENTS CAN OBTAIN A TEMPORARY LOANER LAPTOP.

  • Loan Time Limit: These can be used for one month while your laptop is repaired or while a new one is being shipped to you.  A loan can be renewed once for an additional month but the student must still present the laptop for a check at the end of the first month.  To ensure that all students have access, you cannot request a loaner laptop for more than two months in an academic year.
  • Procedure: Submit a Loaner Laptop Agreement Form and book your pickup and return appointments on the Laptop Loaner Calendar.  Links to these are in the Online Resources for Students course in Bb Learn.  Students must come in person themelves to campus to pickup / return and must present a valid student ID.  You must book an appointment (no drop-ins) at least one day in advance of the appointment.  Appointments are during normal business hours and depend upon staff availability. 
  • Deadline: All laptops must be returned by the last day of classes so that staff may clean, repair and update before the next semester.  Failure to do so will result in barring future loans.

Mobile Devices

  • Mobile devices such as the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone and Android devices are compatible with our network and are in wide usage. However, they are not sufficient for all classroom activities.  Use your NetID username and password to connect to onsite wifi.

Software Recommendations

Office Suites

Antivirus/Internet

Antivirus/Internet security software is required.

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