Computer Recommendations


New Computers should have the minimum following specifications:

  • 2GHz processor for a laptop or a 3 GHz processor for a desktop
  • 3-4 GB of RAM (Memory)
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet adapter (network interface card)
  • CD-RW or DVD-RW
  • Wireless Network card (802.11b/g/n)

The type of system that each student needs varies depending upon what they plan to do while at college and how long they plan to use the system. The above specifications will meet the needs of most students, but a faster processor and more memory and hard drive space are preferable. When ordering a new computer, keep in mind that an extended warranty may alleviate future problems.

Click here for information on purchasing a computer using an academic discount and recommended Dell Computer systems.

Supported Software

Operating Systems

In the rapidly changing world of computer technology, the Office of Information Technology requires that computers connecting to the ResNet must meet a minimum operating system level. Permitted operating systems are:

  • Windows 7

  • Window 10

  • MAC OS X

  • Linux

Computers which do not meet this standard will not be granted access to the ResNet.

Software Programs

Arcadia University has 8 computer labs around campus with the software necessary for classes. Should you want to purchase software for your computer you can go to for reduced priced software.

  • Windows 7, Window 10 or Mac OSX

  • Microsoft Office Adobe Reader

  • Windows Defender