Technology Requirements for Students

What You Need

Hardware

You will need a computer/laptop/device. We recommend your device have a camera, microphone, speakers or headphones, and an Internet connection. You will need to have the rights to install software such as LockDown Browser (LDB). Where LDB is required, it can only be installed on a Windows (not S mode), Mac or iPad device. Note: Some of our campus systems do not work with Chromebook, Linux or Android. If you are looking to purchase a new computer, we have some great options available for you.

Tip: In the event you need to learn or study remotely, a laptop is the smartest choice. Also to note, some disciplines will require students to have a laptop.

Connectivity

On-campus Wi-Fi will be sufficient to support your everyday, on-premise learning.

For those off-campus times, be sure to check your internet connection to confirm it is adequate for learning. Test your internet connection speed, the optimal environment for Harvey/Blackboard is a broadband (high-speed) internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher.

On Going Technical Requirements

Be sure you meet the following base technical requirements for learning on and off campus


Hardware Purchasing

The following are the MINIMUM hardware requirements needed for educational use. A computer can have specifications above the details below, for example, an Intel Core i7 processor can be purchased but an Intel Core i3 is discouraged.

Note: Most engineering applications are targeted for Windows operating systems.

Windows Computer

Standard computer specs and options for general student use. Warranties are optional but recommended.

General Use

  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • Memory (RAM) – 8GB
  • Storage – 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Windows 10 (not S Mode)

Engineering Student

  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • Memory (RAM) – 16GB
  • Storage – 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Discrete graphics card w/4GB RAM
  • Windows 10 (not S Mode)

Apple Computer

Standard computer specs and options for general student use. Warranties are optional but recommended.

General Use – MacBook Pro

  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • Memory (RAM) – 8GB
  • Storage – 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Mac OS 10.15 Catalina

General Use – MacBook Air

  • Processor – Intel Core i5
  • Memory (RAM) – 8GB
  • Storage – 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Mac OS 10.15 Catalina