Minimum Requirements & Suggested Software

Any computer purchased within the last two years will likely meet our minimum recommendations for accessing our campus network. If you are considering purchasing a new computer please review the following recommendations for your machine. If you have additional questions or need more information please contact the Help Desk at or at (336) 841-9147.

Personal Computer

  • Processor: Intel Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, or i5/i7 Processor; AMD Turion or Athlon processor
  • Memory: 4GB or higher
  • Hard drive: 160GB or higher
  • Drives: DVD-Rom/DVD-RW
  • Network: Wireless N or wired accessible
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2010, Antivirus


  • Processor: Dual-Core i5, or i7
  • Memory: 4GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB or higher
  • Drives: Not required
  • Network: Wireless N or wired accessible
  • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.7 (available mid-July 2011) or newer
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

Additional Software

Many students are interested in purchasing software frequently used in their classes. Any software a student will need for class is available on campus in one or more of the labs. Students wishing to purchase software for their personal machines should check with their instructors about the need to purchase. If a student decides to purchase additional software, we recommend that they confirm their machine meets the minimum or recommended specifications for that software. Some of the software frequently used on campus is listed below:

  • iWork ’09 – Macintosh Only (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
  • Final Cut Express or Final Cut Premier – Macintosh Only
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 or higher – PC and Macinstosh (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro)

Additional Options

  • External hard drive 250GB and higher
  • Flash drive 8GB and higher

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