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Recommended Hardware for Students

Academic Year 2016-2017

Desktop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8GB
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive or larger 256GB Flash Storage or larger
Operating System Windows 10 Mac OS X 10.11
Ethernet Network Device Most desktop computers come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet card built in, but when purchasing make sure that your system has either a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 card.
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

Laptop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 256 GB Solid State Drive or larger 512GB Flash Storage
Operating System Windows 10 Mac OS X 10.11
Wireless Card 802.11n compliant 802.11n compliant
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

Note: These recommendations are based on the hardware standard configurations for the University for the Academic Year.

Wireless Network Access

Every student on campus has access to the wireless network.  In order to fully utilize the wireless network, we recommend that you have a compliant 802.11n card (802.11n, n/b/g or a/b/g/n).

Since all residence halls are equipped with wireless access provided by the University, students may not bring wireless access points or routers to campus. Any non-university-owned wireless network radio found to be broadcasting on campus will be disconnected from the network.

Wired Network Access

Every student living in the residence halls will have an Ethernet connection in their room. However, at the beginning of the academic year, the Ethernet jacks are not active. If a student wishes to have an active Ethernet jack in their room, they must submit a request for the jack to be activated. Ethernet cards are required for access to the university's wired network. Ethernet ports are not standard in newer laptops. If the computer doesn't have an Ethernet port, an adapter may be required. 

Previous Years Recommendations

2015-2016 Recommendations

Desktop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8GB
Hard Drive 500 GB or larger 500 GB or larger, or Solid State Drive
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9
Ethernet Network Device Most new systems come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet card built in, but when purchasing make sure that your system has either a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 card.

Surge Suppressor

FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

Laptop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB or larger 500 GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9
Ethernet 10/100 10/100
Wireless Card 802.11n compliant 802.11n compliant
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

2014-2015 Recommendations

Desktop/Tower Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8GB
Hard Drive 500 GB or larger 500 GB or larger, or Solid State Drive
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9
Ethernet Network Device Most new systems come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet card built in, but when purchasing make sure that your system has either a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 card.

Surge Suppressor

FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

Laptop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory/Ram 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 500 GB or larger 500 GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 or Windows 8 Mac OS X 10.9
Ethernet 10/100 10/100
Wireless Card 802.11n compliant 802.11n compliant
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.
2013-2014 Recommendations

Desktop/Tower Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
Memory/RAM 4GB 4GB
Hard Disk 250GB or larger 250GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Operating System Windows 7 Professional or Home Premium Mac OS X 10.8
Modem A modem is not necessary for on-campus use, however you may need it for home use.
Ethernet Network Device Most new systems come with a 10/100/1000 Ethernet card built in, but when purchasing make sure that your system has either a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 card.
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

Laptop Computers: New Purchase

PC Mac
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
Memory/RAM 4GB 4GB
Hard Drive 250GB or larger 250GB or larger
Optical Drive DVD-RW DVD-RW
Ethernet 10/100 10/100
Wireless Card 802.11n compliant 802.11n compliant
Operating System Windows 7 Professional or Home Premium Mac OS X 10.8
Surge Suppressor FireShield surge protector with 750 joules rated 120v/15a is required by University Housing Department.

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