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Computer Recommendations and Requirements

Recommendations

Minimum Hardware Recommendations

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB Hard Drive
  • 802.11n Wireless Adapter
  • USB Flash Drive (2 GB or larger)
  • External Hard Drive

We strongly urge students to use USB flash drives (also known as Jumpdrives or thumbdrives) or external hard drives. They are not only a great way to keep a backup copy of your work, but they also allow you to open your documents on any computer on campus.

See Buying a Computer for more info.

Software Recommendations

Windows-based PC

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or newer
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (provided by Providence College)
  • At least 3 years of warranty coverage

The college provides McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (link only available on campus) to all students free of charge. The college can also provide Microsoft Office or Microsoft Windows to all full time undergraduate students for $25. Please see our Computer Software page for more info.

See Buying a Computer for more info.

Apple Mac

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or newer
  • Microsoft Office 2011
  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (provided by Providence College)
  • AppleCare

The college provides McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (link only available on campus) to all students free of charge. The college can also provide Microsoft Office or Microsoft Windows to all full time undergraduate students for $25. Please see our Computer Software page for more info.

See Buying a Computer for more info.

Requirements

All computers connecting to the Providence College network are required to have anti-virus software installed. The college provides McAfee VirusScan Enterprise to all students free of charge. It can be downloaded on campus from the college's Internal website (only available on campus).

It is the student's responsibility to keep their anti-virus software up-to-date with the most current virus definitions. It is also the student's responsibility to keep their operation systems up-to-date with the current security updates and service packs.

The Helpdesk will only support PC's running Windows Vista or newer and Macs running OS X 10.7 Lion or newer. For more information on receiving support, please see our ResNet page.

Buying a Computer

Both Macs and PC's are supported at Providence College. While we do not have any specific requirements for computer purchases, you can follow the links below for more information about recommended systems from our partners.

Please note: If you choose to buy one of the recommended systems or any computers through the links provided, you are purchasing a computer directly from our partners. The College does not sell computers to students, faculty, or staff.

Buy a Mac

Buy a PC

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