Computer Configurations

Ashland University recommends that incoming students arrive with a computer. The Office of Information Technology recommends the following minimum computer system configurations:

Ashland University Undergraduate Computer Requirements and Recommendations
College Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Schar College of Education Dauch College of Business and Economics College of Arts and Sciences
Computer Requirement
(Mobile Device)
Yes - Nursing students enrolled in clinical coursework beginning SU12. RN to BSN students are required to have either a mobile computing device or desktop. Exception: Nursing students in the final two semesters of clinical coursework as of Fall 2012 are not subject to this requirement. Yes - Freshmen for FA12 semester; Recommended for all other students No No
Computer Recommended (Mobile or Desktop Device) Recommended for all other students including Health Sciences Recommended for all students Recommended for all students Recommended for all students
Minimum Computer Specifications/Requirements
Operating System Windows 7 Pro (with current service packs)

Netbooks, Mac OS X devices and tablets including iPads are not suitable

Windows 7 Pro (with current service packs) or Mac OS X 10.6 or later Windows 7 Pro (with current service packs) or Mac OS X 10.6 or later Windows 7 Pro (with current service packs) or Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Processor 2.4 GHz or higher for notebooks 1.66 GHz for netbooks; 2.4 GHz or higher for notebooks/MacBooks 1.66 GHz for netbooks; 2.4 GHz or higher for notebooks/MacBooks 1.66 GHz for netbooks; 2.4 GHz or higher for notebooks/MacBooks
Memory Notebooks 4 Gb or more Netbooks 2 Gb or more; Notebooks/Macbooks 4 Gb or more Netbooks 2 Gb or more; Notebooks/Macbooks 4 Gb or more Netbooks 2 Gb or more; Notebooks/Macbooks 4 Gb or more
Storage 250 Gb or more (traditional or solid-state) 250 Gb or more (traditional or solid-state) 250 Gb or more (traditional or solid-state) 250 Gb or more (traditional or solid-state)
Networking 802.11n Wireless and Ethernet LAN 802.11n Wireless and Ethernet LAN 802.11n Wireless and Ethernet LAN 802.11n Wireless and Ethernet LAN
Webcam, Microphone, Speakers Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete
Screen Size 10 in. to 15 in. recommended 10 in. to 15 in. recommended 10 in. to 15 in. recommended 10 in. to 15 in. recommended
Video - HD Graphics card with HDMI, VGA port and Dual Monitor Capability Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete Integrated or discrete
Battery Life Capable of running 6 or more hours between charges Capable of running 6 or more hours between charges Capable of running 6 or more hours between charges Capable of running 6 or more hours between charges
Weight Under 6 pounds recommended Under 6 pounds recommended Under 6 pounds recommended Under 6 pounds recommended
Carrying Case/Bag Designed for mobile device Designed for mobile device Designed for mobile device Designed for mobile device
Software - General MS Office Pro (available through Ashland University); Antivirus; Adobe Reader MS Office Pro (available through Ashland University); Antivirus; Adobe Reader MS Office Pro (available through Ashland University); Antivirus; Adobe Reader MS Office Pro (available through Ashland University); Antivirus; Adobe Reader
Software - College Specific To be determined by the College at the start of each semester To be determined by the College at the start of each semester To be determined by the College at the start of each semester To be determined by the College at the start of each semester
Options and Accessories*
Optical Drive (DVD) Optional Optional Optional Optional
External Monitor Optional Optional Optional Optional
External Keyboard & Mouse Optional Optional Optional Optional
External Speakers/Headphones Optional Optional Optional Optional

*Options and Accessories - Netbooks, notebooks, laptops, and Macbooks are great devices for mobility, but the small size and light weight mean that the display, keyboard and mouse are smaller than would be available with a traditional desktop system.  Students may opt to have a larger display and standard keyboard/mouse for use outside of the classroom.

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