To meet Program Learning Outcomes for the upcoming academic year and to provide access to technology, it is highly recommended that students own a laptop with wireless networking capabilities meeting or exceeding the recommended laptop requirements specified below. Such laptops must have installed fully functional Microsoft Office Suite 2010 or greater, which includes Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, available free of charge via Office 365. Instructions for installation of Office 365 can be accessed through the Microsoft Office 365 page on the left. While basic computer lab capability is provided in the Library Commons, there may be program specific computer requirements. Students should see the course catalog for specific program or course computer requirements as well.

  Windows PC Macintosh

Operating System

Windows 10

Mac OS 10.14 or later with Windows emulation software

Processor Type

Intel iCore Processor

Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or higher


4 GB RAM or higher

Hard Drive

250 GB or higher

Graphics Card

256 MB video memory or higher


4 year parts and labor with accidental damage protection

3 year parts and labor with accidental damage protection/Applecare

Windows emulation software


Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion


* A warranty agreement from the manufacturer is recommended for any student laptop. The College’s Office of Campus Technology may be able to assist with some warranty services for Lenovo and Dell laptops, outside of the warranty, however, we do not have parts available.


Recommended Accessories

Laptops with an Ethernet Adapter included: We recommend using an ethernet cord and utilizing your data port in your dorm room for classes and homework as this network connectivity is more reliable than a WiFi signal.

External hard drive: Strongly recommended for data backup in case of laptop failure.

Personal Printer : There are two public printers available on campus, but during high volume traffic times they may have long wait times. Wireless printers are not allowed on campus.

USB Storage Devices: Strongly recommended for their ease of use as a secondary file storage location.

Ethernet cable: These are required for wired connections on campus. They can be bought at the bookstore.   
We do not recommend Chromebooks as they are not Windows compatible.

For questions concerning hardware and software minimum specifications, please contact:

Newberry College Office of Campus Technology Help Desk (803)321-5646