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Student Computer Recommendations 2013

Radford University recognizes technology is an essential part of every student's academic career.

Although Radford University does not have a formal computer requirement for all students, many students do choose to bring a laptop to campus. Be sure to review the complete listing of frequently asked questions about selecting a computer.

It should be noted, certain colleges and majors do have computer requirements or more detailed recommendations for their students. These requirements ensure that students have the specific software they need to successfully perform in their chosen program.  Please check with your department advisor to see if your intended department has any specific computer recommendations.

If bringing a computer (Windows or Mac) you already own, at a minimum it should:

  • Have at least 4 GB of RAM
  • Have Windows 7/8 or OS X 10.8 or greater
  • Have an Ethernet port  and WiFi

If you're buying a new computer (Windows or Mac), we recommend that it:

  • Be a Laptop for mobility and ease of support
  • Have 8 GB RAM (minimum 4 GB)
  • Have an i5/i7 or equivalent CPU
  • Have Microsoft Office (Media available at RU Bookstore $12.99)
  • Have Windows 8 or OS X 10.8
  • Have an Ethernet port and WiFi
  • Include a 3-4 year hardware warranty

Additional Recommendations

  • Purchase a 25 foot network cable for use in residence hall rooms
  • Use theft deterrence options like a security cable or Lo-Jack for laptops
  • Use a high capacity battery if available for portable devices (laptops, etc.)
  • Be prepared to protect data with an external hard drive or an online backup service
  • Consider the purchase of an accidental damage protection plan

Don't pay for Microsoft Office or Antivirus subscriptions because

  • Microsoft Office media is available at the Radford University Bookstore for $12.99.
  • Symantec Antivirus software is available to enrolled students as a free download from the software downloads site

For additional information please contact the Technology Assistance Center.