Computers & Software

Most students bring their own computers to campus, however Macalester does not require it. Review this information and recommendations before purchasing a new computer.

Baseline Technology Recommendations

  • System memory: 4 GB required minimum; 8 GB or more strongly recommended.
  • Computer Operating systems: 4 years old or newer.
  • Wireless: Able to connect to wifi.
  • Backup: Use an external hard drive or Google Backup & Sync | Backup Information
  • Know serial number of valuables: Start using this serial number tracker template (gsheet) 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.