Information Technology

Minimum Specifications

While entering freshmen are not required to purchase a new computer, they are required to have a computer that meets the minimum requirements specified. Students not meeting these minimum requirements may experience compatibility issues with network connectivity and University provided software. Hardware support and maintenance is the responsibility of the owner.  Note that WSSU has a campus agreement that allows us to offer Microsoft Office, Windows 7, McAfee VirusScan, and certain other applications at no charge while attending WSSU.

WINDOWS PC

APPLE MACINTOSH

Operating System

MINIMUM
Windows 7 Home Premium

RECOMMENDED
Windows 10 Home or better

Macintosh OS 10.5 or Above

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office 2013- enrolled students qualify for MS Office Pro for FREE!

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

Windows Emulation Software (check with academic advisor)

 N/A

Parallels Desktop for Mac orVMware Fusion

Processor Type

MINIMUM
Intel Core Duo, Atom, or comparative AMD

RECOMMENDED
Core i3, I5 or i7 Processor

MINIMUM
1.86 GHz

RECOMMENDED
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or higher

Memory

MINIMUM
4 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
8 GB RAM or more

MINIMUM
2 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
4 GB RAM or more

Hard Drive

MINIMUM
256 GB

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or more

MINIMUM
500 GB

RECOMMENDED
500 GB or more

Graphics Card

MINIMUM
Intel HD 2000 or Nvidia comparative

RECOMMENDED
Intel HD 3000 or Better

MINIMUM 
Integrated card

RECOMMENDED
NVIDIA GeForce 320M or higher

Warranty

4 year parts and labor recommended

3 year parts and labor Applecare

  

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, hazard (strongly recommended)

Virus & Spyware Protection Software

Antivirus required- enrolled students qualify for McAfee Antivirus for FREE!

 

Recommended Accessories

External USB 2.0 or 3.0 hard drive: Strongly recommended for data backup in case of laptop failure. Always keep a daily backup of files.

Personal Printer (Non-Wireless): for ease of printing in dorm or at home.

USB Memory Storage Devices: Strongly recommended for their ease of use and ability to encrypt contents in case of lost or stolen property.

Ethernet cable: These are required for wired connections on campus.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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