Information Technology - Laptop Minimum Requirements

Manufacturer: You may purchase your laptop computer from the store or manufacturer of your choice. We do recommend you choose a well-known and respected brand name from a reputable retailer.

Operating System: The operating system (OS) requirement is Windows 10 or Apple Mac OS X El Capitan and above (with or without BootCamp.). In all operating systems, always make sure that you continue to install system updates as they become available.

Processor: Any Intel i5 or i7 processor or AMD processor 2 GHz or faster is strongly recommended.

Memory (RAM): 8 GB or more for Windows 10 and Apple operating systems. In general, more memory will provide faster response from your laptop.

Hard Drive: A minimum of 250 GB for programs, documents, media and spare storage.

Optical Drive: A DVD reader is recommended.

USB Removable Drive(s): These are also known as ‘thumb drives’, ‘jump drives’, ‘memory keys’ or ‘flash drives’, and are highly recommended for backing up your documents. They are available in almost any size. The recommended size is 32 GB or more. The size of the drive would be dependent on your individual needs. An external hard drive is another alternative method to back up your data.

Networking - Wired: Stetson supports connection speeds of 10/100 throughout the entire campus, and 1000 Mbps in most areas. You will need a network cable, also known as an Ethernet cable or CAT5/CAT5E RJ45 straight-through patch cable. Stetson students living on-campus in a dorm will require a network cable to connect to the internet.

Networking - Wireless: To connect to Stetson’s wireless network, your laptop will need to have a built-in or optional WLAN (wireless) card with support for any of the following standards: 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz), 802.11n (5GHz) or 802.11ac (5GHz) wireless capability.

Anti-Virus Software: Stetson University College of Law offers McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Edition with Spam Protection to all students at no additional charge. All student laptop computers must have an up-to-date, actively-running antivirus program installed, and have a valid subscription for obtaining updated virus definition files. The software must be configured to scan and obtain virus definition updates on a regular basis. McAfee VirusScan meets this requirement and it is compatible with all College of Law provided software, and may be installed during the orientation laptop configuration session.

You may choose to use an antivirus program other than the one provided by the College of Law (for example, all Windows 8/10 computers come with built-in antivirus protection), but you should be aware that not all antivirus programs are compatible with other provided software. The Office of Information Technology reserves the right to deny network access to any computer not meeting this requirement.

Miscellaneous Recommendations

Warranty: A warranty package adds to the existing manufacturer's warranty. We recommend a three-year, extended warranty with screen damage replacement that provides coverage for the length of time you expect to be enrolled. The screen damage warranty provides for the replacement of a broken screen at a lower cost than the replacement part; the most expensive part of your laptop to replace is the screen. Check to see if the warranty provides for on-site service and support. Please carefully review the coverage offered by the warranty and shop carefully for the warranty that best meets your needs.

Insurance: Check your homeowners or renters insurance policy to see if it covers your laptop. If not, you may wish to purchase a computer insurance policy online.

Carrying Case: Durable and well-padded.