• Hardware and Software Requirements


  • Recommended Operating Systems

    • Windows: 7 or newer
    • MAC: OS X v10.7 or higher
    • Linux: Ubuntu

    Hardware Requirements

    We strongly recommend a computer fewer than 5 years old.

    • Processor: Minimum 1 GHz; Recommended 2GHz or more
    • Ethernet connection (LAN) OR a wireless adapter (Wi-Fi)
    • Hard Drive: Minimum 32 GB; Recommended 64 GB or more
    • Memory (RAM): Minimum 1 GB; Recommended 4 GB or above
    • Sound card w/speakers
    • Some classes require a camera and microphone

    Recommended Software

    Supported Browsers

    People often ask what browser they should use.  There is no single answer for this.  Use whichever browser works best on your computer.  However, we recommend downloading Firefox and/or Chrome in addition to having Internet Explorer or Safari.

    Other important software

    Note: Some classes may have specific requirements for additional software. These requirements will be listed in the course syllabus.

    What about mobile technology?

    There are mobile apps available; however, it’s important to remember that not all mobile devices will provide full feature functionality in Blackboard. For example, iOS and Android do not support flash videos. Mobile technology should not be solely relied upon when taking an online or hybrid course.

    Do I need Microsoft Office?

    Most classes will require the use of a word processing software. The College offers a full version of Microsoft Office through your Saints email account. Some classes, specifically Computer Information Systems and Business Computing courses, may require the use of a specific Microsoft Office software package that is not supported with the free version.