Chromebooks, iPads and Android tablets are great and affordable solutions to basic computer needs, such as web browsing and video chat. They may not meet all the needs of your average use as a student. We advise the purchase of a Mac or Windows computer over these when possible!
Major Specific Recommendations
If you are unsure please reach out to IT or your department for specs on software recommendations and requirements
Processor: 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or better
Operating System: Genuine Windows® 8/10 Professional or Home (64-bit), Genuine
Memory: 16GB RAM or better
Hard Drive: 256GB or better Solid State Hard Drive
Battery: 6-cell (60WH) Primary Lithium Ion Battery
Warranty: 3/4 year manufacturer supported warranty
You can learn more about purchasing a computer using an academic discount and recommended Dell Computer systems on our Purchase Programs page.
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:
MAC OS X
Computers which do not meet this standard will not be granted access to the ResNet.
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 the Select Student website for reduced priced software.