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What are the minimum laptop system specifications?


Minimum Laptop System Specification: Recommendations for Students

  • Processor: Intel 2Ghz or greater processor or equivalent
  • Memory: 4GB (8GB for Mac users running Windows)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X
  • Wireless: Internal or external wireless adapter 802.11b/g/n

Note: these minimum standards may not be sufficient for students who will be using resource-intensive applications, such as computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools, but will meet most needs for students in other programs.

Warning: Some specialized software for the TLM, T&I and CAT programs require Windows to operate.  Students who bring a Windows PC or laptop to campus should be able to install the necessary software. If you plan to bring a Mac with you to school for these programs you may be required to purchase and install a copy of Windows on your Mac. Students are solely responsible for the additional cost of purchasing a legal Windows license.  Windows can be installed on a Mac using the built-in Bootcamp feature, or by first installing virtualization software such as VirtualBox. We recommend that you install Windows on your Mac prior to coming to campus if possible. Virtualization is a great way to run Windows and also have access to your Mac programs at the same time. Instructions for using the freely available VirtualBox can be found here: Installing Windows on your Mac using VirtualBox.

Additional Checklist

In addition to laptop computers, here are some related items we recommend bringing with you to campus:

  • Laptop Lock
  • External USB drives, such as flash drive and USB hard drive for data backup
  • Operating system installation/repair discs that came with your laptop purchase, or which the manufacturer’s software prompted you to create
  • Computer Warranty Information, user guide, manual, and other documents that came with your computer
  • Power Strip or Surge Protector with 6 ft. cable
  • 25 ft. Ethernet Cable

Important note: make sure you have valid antivirus software installed on your computer. Updated antivirus software is required for any computer that connects to the school network!

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