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Computer Hardware

The following are minimum recommended configurations. A faster computer and modem and more RAM will enable you to work faster and give you a better experience.

  • 2.4 GHz or faster processor
  • 4 GB RAM minimum
  • Windows 7 OS or Apple OS 10.6
  • Windows XP and OS Tiger are not supported through our Help Desk nor allowed on the wireless network
  • 120 GB Hard Drive or larger
  • CD/DVD Drive
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN

Computer Software

  • An Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari is required.
  • A standard word-processing package such as Microsoft Word, or WordPad is required so you can prepare and submit homework, papers, and exams.
  • Active email account
  • Since you may be exchanging files with your Instructor or classmates, it is required that you have current anti-virus software installed on your computer.
  • For some courses it may be required that students have the ability to scan documents. Students may have access to scanners as many of today’s printers and some smart phones are equipped with this functionality. Otherwise, students should seek a location that provides this service such as Staples, Office Max, etc.
  • In addition, students may be required to use course-specific software packages. Check the course descriptions for special software requirements.


Students can purchase the required textbook(s) for each online course through the university bookstore.
(978) 665-4026