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Technical Requirements & Support

To participate in online programs, students will need a computer system with certain specifications.  You are encouraged to contact your Program Coordinator for recommended system requirements as hardware and software requirements vary by program. 

In addition to the technical requirements listed below, review the following links for additional assistance regarding system requirements. 

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In general, technical requirements include the following:

Minimum Hardware (PC)

  • Intel i5 processor or faster
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500Gb HD
  • DVD-RW drive
  • Video card with 256Mb of memory or more
  • Monitor that supports 1280x1024 resolution or higher
  • Broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 1Mbps or higher)

Ideal Hardware (PC)

  • Intel i7 processor or faster
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1TB 7200 RPM drive
  • DVD-RW drive
  • Fast broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 10Mbps or higher)
  • Single or dual monitors that support 1920x1080 resolution or higher  

Basic Mac System Requirements

  • iMac or Mac mini with 2.7Ghz dual-core Intel i5 processor or faster
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 1Tb 7200 RPM drive
  • 8x External SuperDrive
  • Monitor that supports 1280x1024 resolution or higher
  • Broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 1Mbps or higher)

Ideal Mac System Requirements

  • Mac Pro with 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor or faster
  • 12 GB RAM  (6 GB std)
  • 1 Tb HD (std)
  • 18x External SuperDrive
  • Single or dual monitors that support 1920x1080 resolution or higher
  • Fast broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable modem that supports 10Mbps or higher)

Minimum Software

  • Latest version of Mozilla Firefox (Mac or PC), Microsoft Internet Explorer (PC), Google Chrome (Mac or PC), and/or Safari (Mac or PC)
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (PC) or Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
  • Broadband internet connection (at least 1Mbps, preferably 10Mbps or higher)

Be sure to check with your specific program for any additional IT requirements.