What kind of computer do students need?

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends that you have a laptop with either:

  • Windows computer - Windows 10 or higher
  • Apple computer - macOS 11 ("Big Sur") or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM minimum, 16 GB Recommended
Hard Drive: RECOMMENDED 256 GB or larger
Warranty: RECOMMENDED 4 year parts and labor to cover hardware issues during your time at SJU

*We do NOT recommend Chromebooks or Tablet devices as your primary device.  

HSB Students

All Haub School of Business (HSB)  students are required to have the Windows Operating System.  If you are an Apple (Mac) user, some Macs may support installing Windows alongside macOS. Instructions for doing so can be found here. If your Mac has an M1 or higher chip, you will need to look for alternative programs to install Windows such as Parallels or VMWare FusionFor support in installing Windows on a Mac, please contact the Technology Service Center.

HSB Graduate students are also recommended to have a headset with microphone for online Zoom sessions.

Office 365 and Virus Protection

All SJU students are entitled to Office 365 free of charge. Instructions for installation can be found here.

Antivirus/Anti-Malware Security Software

Recommended for Windows users: Any security software that offers live protection for virus and malware threats. The recommended "free" solution is Microsoft Defender Antivirus, which is part of the built-in "Windows Security" component of Windows 10 and 11.

Students in Need

If you do not have a laptop and have a demonstrated financial need, please reach out to the Office of Student Success.  We want every student at SJU to have access to the technology they need to be successful in their academic endeavours! 


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