These are the minimum & preferred specifications that we recommend for student systems. If you have already chosen your major we recommend you contact your college or department to see if they have any additional recommendations. Please note that we do not recommend any specific brands and just give this information as helpful guidelines. You are NOT required to have a computer but we strongly encourage you to have one, if possible.
|Feature||Minimum Recommendations||Preferred (if applicable)||Rationale for Recommendations|
|Processor||Core i5 (Windows/Mac)||Core i7 (Windows/Mac)||The Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating system and applications written for it will require advanced processors to be used effectively.|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB or more||Memory demands for Windows 7/8/10 will require at least 4 GB of memory. The more money you can apply toward this, the better.|
|Hard disk||250 GB||500 GB or more||An increasing number of EKU courses use multimedia content, which greatly increases storage needs on personal computers. Choosing a solid state drive has shown increased performance.|
|Networking||Build in LAN 10/100 (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless (Windows: 802.11b/g/n; Mac: Airport Extreme)||Built-in LAN Gigabit (Ethernet) for all systems; wireless 802.11n; Mac: Airport Extreme)||Wireless (802.11n) is available in all residence halls. Please do not bring any personal routers to campus as this will interfere with available wireless.|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.1 Pro, OS 10.11 (El Capitan)||Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.1 Pro, OS 10.13 (High Sierra)|
|Support & Protection||Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.||Extended warranty plan, including accidental damage coverage, for expected life of machine and a laptop bag to protect your computer.|
|Software (FREE to EKU Students!)||Microsoft Office & Symantec Endpoint Protection & Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (all FREE to EKU students!)||Microsoft Office & Symantec Endpoint Protection & Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (all FREE to EKU students!)||You will need Microsoft Office for your courses at EKU and Symantec Endpoint Protection is our free antivirus.|
|Other considerations you may want||Camera, Microphone, optical drive, external hard drive for backups||Camera, Microphone, optical drive, external hard drive for backups|
If you have any questions please email the EKU Geeks.