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Student Computer Requirements and Recommendations

Calvin Student TechnologyBoth PC (Windows) and Apple (Mac) computers and devices are supportedon both the eduroam wireless and ResNet wired networks for students.

Calvin uses the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Professors expect electronically submitted files to be in the latest Microsoft Office readable format. Calvin students can download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office for free via the Microsoft Office 365 Student Advantage program.

System Requirements for Calvin Network Support

The Calvin Information Technology HelpDesk cannot offer support of any computer which does not meet the following system requirements.
If you are purchasing a new computer for the school year and wish to use the eduroam and/or ResNet networks, we recommend the following:

  Mac Compatible Windows Compatible
Operating System Minimum: Mac OS X 10.8
Recommended: Mac OS X 10.9
Minimum: Windows 7 SP1
Recommended: Windows 8.1
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 or 802.11n capability (802.11a is only supported in some areas and 802.11b is no longer supported)
Antivirus Software CIT recommends Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7 and earlier), Sophos (Mac), and Windows Defender (built in to Windows 8).
Systems which do not meet the above requirements may still be able to connect to the Calvin Student Networks, but Calvin Information Technology cannot offer support for them.

Antivirus Software

Calvin Information Technology strongly recommends having an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your Mac or Windows computer. Recommended software is listed above.


Additional Information

Computer Purchasing FAQ