Information Technology - Laptop Minimum Requirements
The following recommendations are based on our ability to support Stetson-supplied software on your device (such as Office 365 and Examplify.)
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. We recommend an extended warranty that provides coverage for the length of time you expect to be enrolled.
Operating System: The operating system (OS) requirement is Windows 10 or Apple Mac OS Mojave and above (Chromebooks and Windows 10 Lean OS are not supported.) In all operating systems, always make sure that you continue to install system updates as they become available.
Processor: Any Intel i5/i7 processor or AMD processor (2 GHz or faster) is strongly recommended.
Memory (RAM): 8 GB or more for Windows 10 and Mac 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.
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. Use of an external hard drive is another method to back up your data.
Networking - Wireless: Laptops with built-in wireless cards are supported. For more information on Stetson's wireless networks, please visit our WiFi Access page.
Networking - Wired: While our primary means to access the internet is wireless, wired connections are available in classrooms and in most areas on campus. You will need a network cable, also known as an Ethernet or patch cable.
Anti-Virus Software: Stetson University College of Law offers Sophos 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 updates regularly. Sophos 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, 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.