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Computer Hardware/Software Requirements for Students

We support both Windows and Mac computers for student use when connecting to ResNet (wired) and eduroam (wireless). Most of Calvin's resident students bring their own computers to campus each year.

Calvin uses the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. Professors expect electronically submitted files to be in the latest Microsoft Office readable format.

We do not currently support the Linux, Windows Server, or any non-English operating systems. Students may be able to connect to the Calvin network with these operating systems, but CIT does not offer any support for these connections.

Dual-boot operating systems and virtual machines will work on ResNet and eduroam, but the operating system(s) must be registered and meet the requirements listed below.

System Requirements for Calvin Network Support

If you are purchasing a new computer for the 2013-2014 school year and wish to use ResNet and/or eduroam wireless, we recommend the following:

  Mac Compatible Windows Compatible
Operating System Minimum: Mac OS X 10.7.5
Recommended: Mac OS X 10.9
Minimum: Windows 7 SP1
Recommended: Windows 8.1
RAM 2 GB RAM minimum (or the minimum required to smoothly run the operating system and antivirus software)
4 GB or higher preferred
Wireless Network Card WPA2 encryption and AES compatible. 802.11g or 802.11n capability (802.11a is only supported in some areas and 802.11b is no longer supported)
Antivirus Software Accepted applications include but may not be limited to the latest versions of AVG, Avast, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton/Symantec, Sophos, Trend Micro, and Windows Defender (built in to Windows 8).


Antivirus Software

In order to connect to the Calvin network, you are required to have up-to-date antivirus software installed. Calvin recommends some free antivirus programs, but most popular antivirus programs are also accepted.


Additional Information

Computer Purchasing FAQ