Recommendations for Student Computers

Macalester does not require students to have their own computers. Your computer should meet or exceed the following technology recommendations to fully access Macalester's information resources.

Baseline technology recommendations
ItemRecommendation
System memory 4 GB minimum; 8 GB+ recommended
Operating system Mac OS 10.6 or later | Windows 7 is preferred; Windows 8 permitted
Wireless 802.11g or 802.11n wireless and WPA2 authentication
Backup strategy Consider: External hard drive, thumb drive, Google Drive, Macalester Network Drive, cloud storage | Backup Information
Laptop cable lock Use a cable lock to prevent opportunistic theft.
Software installation disks Bring any CDs/DVDs that came with your computer; these may be needed for repair.
Know serial number of valuables Start using this serial number tracker template to record serial numbers of all your valuables. 
Don't bring Wireless printers, routers or other networking devices. ITS routinely blocks these devices from the Macalester network.