All students enrolled at the College are required to provide their own Windows or Mac compatible computer. Undergraduate students must have a laptop computer that can be brought to class. Students assume liability for all functions of personal computers, including all costs of damages, loss of data, or any other consequential, incidental, indirect or punitive damages, however caused. Students are strongly encouraged to back up all data on a regular basis, including personal information, music, and photos to an external device (i.e. USB flash drive, external hard drive, etc.). The College is not responsible for any damage to students’ laptops, including loss of data or function.

Computer and digital information skills

  1. Students are responsible for:
    • Knowing how to operate the computer system they choose and the software packages required.
    • All repairs, updates, and configurations to their computer.
    • Completing assignments on time regardless of the state of repair of their individual computer system.
    • Upgrades required for curriculum completion
  2. Individual coursework may require additional specialized software not already delineated. In this case, it is the
    • Faculty member’s responsibility to insure the software requirements are clearly delineated in the syllabus.
    • Student’s responsibility for acquiring any specialized software necessary to complete specific course requirements
  3. It is expected that the student can successfully:
    • Use the learning management system
    • Use emails with attachments
    • Create and submit files using MS Word
    • Create and submit files using MS PowerPoint
    • Download and install software
    • Use apps in digital devices
    • Use web conferencing tools and software e.g. Webex, Adobe Connect, and Zoom
  4. It is expected that the student can successfully:
    • Use online libraries and databases to locate and gather appropriate information
    • Use computer networks to locate and store files or data
    • Use online search tools
    • Properly cite information sources using APA


Options for off campus internet access include, but are not limited to, home cable, DSL, or Satellite High Speed Internet Access. Obtaining and the cost of this access is solely the student’s responsibility. The computer labs at the College and the Carl R. Ferris Health Sciences Library are equipped with computers that allow access to the internet and additionally have Office 2013-2016 installed as well as allow access to the Learning Management System. Guest access may be available on campus for personal devices.

Minimum requirements

At a minimum, a student computer configuration should include the following:

Configuration for Windows:

Suggested Hardware Recommendation:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo, or I series processor
  • 4GB of RAM or more (8 GB Recommended)
  • 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-R/RW Drive (can be USB)
  • Web-Cam (can be built into the computer)
  • Microphone (can be built into the computer)
  • USB ports (at least 2)
  • Wi-Fi wireless networking on laptops
  • Sound card, and speaker or headphones
  • Adobe Reader (current version)

Operating System:

  • Windows 10 or newer

Suggested Software Recommendation:

  • Current Antivirus (Microsoft Windows Defender is sufficient)
  • Updated Java and Flash
  • Modern Internet Browser (i.e. Google Chrome)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or compatible Office Suite (Note: The Microsoft Student and Teacher edition of Office should meet all requirements as well as any version of Office 365)
  • Adobe Reader or compatible PDF reader (current version)
  • Google Chrome

Configuration for Macintosh Computers:

  • Mac computer with an Intel processor, Maverick OS or later
  • Microphone (Can be built into the computer)
  • Web-Cam (Can be built into the computer)
  • Adobe Reader

Suggested Software Recommendation:

  • Updated Java and Flash
  • Modern Internet Browser (i.e. Google Chrome or Apple Safari)

NOTE: Google Chromebooks and Netbooks are NOT supported.

For questions related to technology, call Computer Services Help Desk at (816) 276-4357.