Technology Standards

Students are not required to buy their own computer at Elms College as the campus is equipped with computer labs with a wide range of software available for student use. If you plan to purchase a new computer before coming to campus, the following configuration should meet your needs throughout the next four years at the College.

Student Personal Computers

When bringing a laptop or desktop computer to campus, the following minimum specifications and accessories are recommended:

Windows Computers

Processor:Core i5 or better
Operating System:Windows 7 or 8
Memory (RAM):4GB or higher
Hard Drive:250GB or larger
Networking:Wireless card, supports 802.11 a/b/g/n
Graphics Card:512 MB Video memory or higher
Antivirus Software:Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG
Software:Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013
Support:4 year parts and labor (on-site_

Macintosh Computers

Processor:Core i5 or better
Operating System:OS 10.8 or higher
Memory (RAM):4 GB or higher
Hard Drive:250 GB or larger
Networking:Wireless card, supports 802.11 a/b/g/n
Antivirus Software:Avast or Sophos 
Software:Microsoft Office 2011
Support:4 years parts and labor (AppleCare)

Additional Technology

In addition to your computer, the College recommends you purchase these additional items:

  • USB memory stick for transferring/saving files
  • Computer/Laptop locks for added security
  • 4 year on-site Extended Warranty*

 *Extended Warranty/Support/Accidental Damage Coverage: Elms College currently does not provide support for personal student computers, other than basic network connectivity.  We recommend students purchase extended on-site coverage from the computer manufacturer.

Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software is required on all student computers.  There are free products available such as Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows and AVG Free. Students should also consider using a malware scanner like Malwarebytes or Spybot, which have free versions.  These are not the same as Virus protection, but are used to supplement Virus protection.