Computer Equipment Recommendations

Computer access is required for successful completion of work at Clarkson College.  Information can also be located in the Student Success Guide on the Canvas platform. 

Computer Hardware – Internet access is required

Minimum Recommended
RAM 4 GB 8 GB or higher
Operating System Windows 10 or Mac OS X  Current/mainstream version of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or Mac OS X (Windows 10S is not supported.)
Sound Card with Speakers Any Any
Microphone Any Any
Printer Any Any
DVD/CD Player Any Any
Webcam 1.3 MB 2.0 MB
Internet Access Broadband (Cable, DSL, etc.) Broadband (Cable, DSL, etc.)
Wireless Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with 802.11n or 802.11ac or better
CPU Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or AMD A10 or better
Solid State Drive (SSD) 128 GB or higher

Computer Software - Clarkson College only accepts documents in Microsoft Office compatible formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, ppt., .pptx)

Microsoft Office (Required)
(Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation)
Latest version of Microsoft Office Latest version of Microsoft Office (Free for Clarkson College students through Office 365)
Database* Access 2016 Access (via Office 365)
Internet Browser (Required) Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge (Chrome is the preferred web browser for Canvas)
Media Players (Required) Latest version of Windows Media Player, QuickTime, Java
Other Plug-ins (Required) Latest version of Adobe Reader
LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (Per instructor request) Free download available from the Canvas Help section.

Access to the Following Equipment may be Required

Fax, Camcorder, DVD player

* Database: Microsoft Access is required for some programs.  Mac users may need to use a Windows PC for Microsoft Access assignments as it is not available on the Mac platform.  The free Office 365 Pro Plus download for students contains Microsoft Access for Windows.

NOTE: If you are administratively withdrawn from classes due to non-compliance of equipment requirements, you may be required to pay outstanding tuition. You may also lose financial aid, you may not receive a refund, and/or you may receive a grade of WF for all classes in which you are registered.

New on-campus students are required to purchase a laptop.

Laptop Requirements: