Computer Recommendations and Requirements
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.
- Microsoft Windows 7 or newer
- Microsoft Office 2013
- Anti-virus software
- At least 3 years of warranty coverage
Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows are available to all full time undergraduate students for $25. Please see our Computer Software
page for more info.
Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows are available to all
full time undergraduate students for $25. Please see our Computer Software
page for more info.
All computers connecting to the Providence College network are required to have anti-virus software installed. The college does not provide anti-virus software to students. However, there are recommended free packages available for download. See Anti-Virus Software for more info.
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