Recommended computer specifications

This information was updated in May 2017 for students entering in the Fall of 2017

Laptop Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.4 GHz+

Desktop Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo - 2.4GHz+ or Intel Pentium D - 3.4GHz+


6GB+ system memory for dependable multitasking

Hard Drive



 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals. If USB 3.0 port is present ensure that it is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds).

Wireless network connectivity

High-speed wireless LAN built into PC, so it connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards available

Built-in HD webcam with two microphones

Built-in HD webcam with microphone. Makes it easy to video chat with intructors or teleconference with classmates over Skype or other popular applications.

Operating System *

• Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8.x, Windows 10. Please note Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 are not supported

Required Application

Microsoft Office 2013 (Windows) or Microsoft Office 2013 (MAC). (NOTE: This software as well as Windows software are available to matriculating students at no charge through myCSU. It looks like this:


Network Adapter and Cable A network (Ethernet) 10/100 or 10/100/1000 port will be standard on virtually all new computers. We recommend that students purchase a 25 foot network cable with RJ45 connectors for stable connection even where wi-fi service is present. These cables are available at the college store or other electronics retailers.