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RECOMMENDATIONS:

Before ordering your new computer, review the technology recommendations below. 

For students enrolled in online or remote instruction, we recommend using headphones, earbuds, or a headset with a microphone.



PC (Desktop or Laptop)

MAC (Desktop or Laptop)

Minimum Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • Intel (i5) or AMD (Ryzen 5) processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 250 GB of disk drive storage
  • Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 250 GB of disk drive storage
  • Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi

Recommended Specifications

  • Windows 10
  • Intel (i7 or higher) or AMD (Ryzen 7 or higher) processor
  • 16 GB (or more) of RAM
  • 500 GB (or more) of disk drive storage
  • Dedicated Graphics card (Nvidia or AMD)
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 16 GB (or more) of RAM
  • 500 GB (or more) of disk drive storage
  • Dedicated Graphics card
  • Built-in microphone, webcam, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi


Some departments are requesting specific software, hardware, or operating systems. Please check the list below for details in each department. If there are any questions on the recommendations, please contact the department of your major.

Department Name

Software

Desktop Recommendation

Laptop Recommendation

Tablet Recommendation

Applied Professional Studies

Microsoft Office

PDF reader (recommended)

Zoom Meeting App 

PC

PC


Biology

N/A




Business Administration

Microsoft Office

PDF reader (recommended)

Zoom Meeting App 

PC (a numeric keypad or USB port for keypad is recommended)

PC (a numeric keypad or USB port for keypad is recommended)


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Microsoft Office

PC

PC


Communication

Microsoft Office




Communication Disorders and Science

Microsoft Office

PC

PC


Computer & Information Sciences

Microsoft Office


PC


Economics

Microsoft Office

PDF reader (recommended)

Zoom Meeting App 

PCPC

Education

Microsoft Office

Chromebox, Mac, PC (webcam & mic)

Chromebook, Mac, PC (webcam & mic) 


English

Microsoft Office, Google Apps




Geosciences

Microsoft Office, 7-Zip, DNR Garmin

PC

PC


History

Microsoft Office




Mathematical Science

Microsoft Office




Music*

Microsoft Office




Philosophy

Microsoft Office




Physics

Microsoft Office, Mathematica or Maple

PC



Politics & International Affairs

N/A




Psychology

Microsoft Office




Sociocultural and Justice Sciences

Microsoft Office




Theatre & Dance

N/A

Chromebox, Mac, PC

Chromebook, Mac, PC

Android, iPad

Visual Arts & New Media**





World Languages and Cultures

Microsoft Office




*Please refer to the School of Music Technology Recommendations for Students for School of Music Students

**Please refer to the VANM Technology Recommendations for Students for VANM Students

RESOURCES:

Student Discounts

Hardware

Order your new computer that fulfills the suggested requirements from your major: 

**PLEASE NOTE: Chromebooks come pre-installed with Google Apps. Users CANNOT install software on Chromebooks, only apps through the Google Play Store.**

Software

Virtual Computing Lab

Fredonia's Remote Lab is a "virtual" computer lab that allows students the ability to remotely access a lab computer from their home, dorm room or anywhere with a stable broadband internet connection exists.

Student Relief Funds

CARES Act Student Emergency Relief FundIn order to be eligible for CARES funding you must have been enrolled in credit bearing course(s) at Fredonia during the Spring 2020 term and have filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or be deemed eligible for Title IV aid.

Student Emergency Relief FundA Student Emergency Relief Fund has been established at the Fredonia College Foundation to financially assist students who face unexpected expenses related to the pandemic and to alleviate hardship related to moving to a digital education format.

Contact Information

Please contact the ITS Service Center for questions with your technology support related needs.

ITS Service Center
W203 Thompson Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3407
ITS.ServiceCenter@fredonia.edu
http://home.fredonia.edu/its/service-center
https://www.facebook.com/ITS.ServiceCenter

ResNet Office of the ITS Service Center
154 McGinnies Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3668
resnet@fredonia.edu
http://home.fredonia.edu/its/resnet/
https://www.facebook.com/SUNYFredoniaResNet/

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