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Student Technology Windows and macOS computers and devices are both supported on the Calvin student networks
System Requirements

Microsoft Office 365
Antivirus Software
Safety & Security
Computer Purchasing FAQ

System Requirements

The Calvin Information Technology HelpDesk is unable to offer support for any device which does not meet the following system requirements. Devices which do not meet these requirements may still be able to connect to the Calvin student networks, but the HelpDesk will be unable to offer any support for them.

  macOS Windows
Operating System Minimum: OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Recommended: OS X 10.11 El Captian
Minimum: Windows 7
Recommended: Windows 10
Hard Drive Large capactiy hard drives should not be necessary, as there are many File Storage options available to students. However, we recommend a computer with a Solid State Drive or a minimum of a 7200RPM hard drive.
RAM 4 GB RAM minimum (or the minimum required to smoothly run the operating system and antivirus software)
6 GB or higher preferred
Wireless Network Card WPA2 encryption and AES compatible. 802.11g/n capability

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Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is the official communication, collaboration, and productivity platform for Calvin College faculty, staff, and students. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email and collaboration tools. Office 365 includes enterprise-class security. Students may download the latest verision of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for free for use on their personal computer.

Antivirus Software

Thought not required, Calvin Information Technology strongly recommends having an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your Mac or Windows computer. There are many free anitivirus applications availalbe, including Avira, Bitdefender, Panda, AVG, Avast, and Windows Defender. CIT is unable to assist with the download, install, or usage of any antivirus software.

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