Student Owned Computer Requirements

When choosing a computer to bring to campus, IT Services recommends the following specifications. There is a possibility that other systems may perform adequately, but they may not be supported by IT Services if difficulties arise when connecting to campus technology resources. If purchasing a new computer, IT Services recommends you exceed the specifications below for optimum performance.

Windows PC

Operating System

  • Windows 7 or later

Hardware

  • Processor: 1.6Ghz or faster, manufactured within the last 3 years
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 400GB or larger

Software

Backup

  • IT Services highly recommends students back up personal data (e.g. pictures, music, videos, documents) regularly to avoid data loss in the event of hardware or software issues with personal computers. Backup solutions include a cloud-based service or external hard drive. Keep in mind that external hard drives and other backup solutions can also fail, so it is wise to store important data in more than one location. Students are responsible for their own backup methods and for managing personal data.

Macintosh

Operating System

  • OS 10.6 or later

Hardware

  • Processor: 1.8Ghz or faster, manufactured within the last 3 years
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Hard Drive: 400GB or larger

Software

Backup

  • IT Services highly recommends students back up personal data (e.g. pictures, music, videos, documents) regularly to avoid data loss in the event of hardware or software issues with personal computers. Backup solutions include a cloud-based service or external hard drive. Keep in mind that external hard drives and other backup solutions can also fail, so it is wise to store important data in more than one location. Students are responsible for their own backup methods and for managing personal data.

Additional

Through the institutions' enterprise agreement with Microsoft, CSB/SJU students are able to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the familiar and full Office applications, such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, it may be installed on up to five devices, and it is available offline. Your Office 365 installation will be free to you throughout your tenure at CSB/SJU. After you leave CSB/SJU, your Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus subscription will end. At that time, you will have the option of enrolling in other available consumer or commercial subscriptions. If you have a CSB/SJU network account, click the following links for more information and instructions:

Note: If you click on the links above and are prompted to log in, enter the following:

  • User name: ad\username where username = your network username.  You must use a backslash.  ad/username will not work.
  • Password: <your network password>