Recommended Technologies

Hardware Recommendations 

The following are only recommended hardware and are by no means required. However, the below listed would best fit the needs for any educational endeavors. 

PC Recommendations 

  • Processors: Should be rated medium to high. Anything lower is not recommended.
  • Intel: i5 or i7.
  • AMD: Ryzen 7 1700 or Ryzen 7 1800X.
  • Memory: Up to your discretion; the more memory your PC has, the faster it will run.
  • RAM: 8GB or 16GB.
  • Storage: At least 500GB. 
  • Wireless: Minimum of 802.11ac or Wireless-AC. Recommended 802.11ax or WIFI 6.
  • Desktop Type: Traditional PC with Monitor.
  • Laptop Type: Windows and Apple are sufficient choices, but be sure to be familiar with the operating system you choose. 
    • Hybrid Tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro, are great for multipurpose use.
    •  Chromebooks or Netbooks are NOT recommended due to hardware limitations.
  • Manufacturing Brand: HP, Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo.
  • Vendors: Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office-Max, New Egg. 

Software Recommendations 

The following are only recommendations for use on your personal devices. You may use whatever software, free or paid, that best meets your needs. Students, faculty and staff should not need to install software on institutional equipment since this process is centrally managed by Information Technology.

Popular Downloads

Office 365 Microsoft Office
Avast Icon Avast Free

PC & Mac|Android|Guides

*During Avast installation, please be sure to click the Customize Installation link and uncheck SecureLine VPN, as it may cause conflicts with our campus network.

Computer Protection and Recovery

malwarebytes MalwareBytes Antivirus
recuva Recuva File Recovery

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

filezilla FileZilla PC & Mac | Guides
ssh SSH File Transfer PC | Guides

Web Browsers

firefox Google chrome
Edge Firefox Chrome
PC PC | Mac PC & Mac  

Media Players

VideoLan Client quicktime real player
VLC Player

QuickTime Player

Real Player
PC & Mac PC & Mac PC 

Other Software

adobe flash

adobe reader


Mathematica Logo

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader



PC & Mac

 PC & Mac