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Laptop Support

    Laptop Support

    We want you to feel at home on campus, in class, and on-line, so do not hesitate to bring your laptop if you believe that will help bring you academic success.  Students may be required to purchase and install software required for classes. If you are unsure of your software needs, please consult with your academic department.

    School and College Requirements

    • College of Professional Studies Computer Science are advised to bring a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM, Windows or MacOS.
    • College of Professional Studies Mass Communications students are advised to bring a MacOS based machine
    • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business students are advised to bring a Windows based machine.
    • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Fine Arts students are advised to bring a laptop with at least 8GB of RAM, Windows or MacOS.

    Minimum Hardware Specifications

    If you will be an incoming freshman or transfer student and plan to bring your own laptop, your machine's hardware specifications should at least contain:

    • i5 processor or higher
    • 8GB of RAM   
    • 128Gb Hard Drive (Internal Storage)

    Minimum Software Specifications

    Apple Laptop

    • MacOS Catalina 10.15 or higher
    • Microsoft Office 365 for Mac (Available as a free download via your SJU Microsoft 365 account)
    • Anti-Virus Program, such as McAfee or Norton for Apple

    Windows Laptop

    • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher (Windows 7 is not compatible with some applications used by the University)
    • Microsoft Office 365 for Windows (Available as a free download via your SJU Microsoft 365 account)
    • Anti-Virus program, such as McAfee or Norton for Apple

    It is important that it must meet both of the hardware and software minimum specifications. If it does not, you should update it with one that does in order to ensure that you will have the required computing power to complete your coursework.

    Attention Apple Users

    Apple users should also be aware that they may be required to run the Windows operating system in order to successfully launch and run various software required for their classes. In such cases, Apple users can partition their laptop for a Windows environment either through Boot Camp or install a Windows-based virtual machine environment, such as Parallels, VMfusion, or Hyper-V. Students with MacBook laptops who need to run Windows will also need a valid copy of the Windows 10 Operating System and any other programs that their classes may require.  This setup cannot be installed or Supported by the University.