New Computer Recommendations

1. A Notebook Computer (required)

At Wooster, independent minds work together, on and off campus, in and out of class. As our educational experience is not bounded by a classroom, or lab — or a computer lab for that matter, students rely on their notebook computers to review materials for class, do research, complete assignments, collect data in the lab, do in-class activities, peer review other students’ assignments, access and share collaborative works in progress, and to connect with others around the country and world.

You will need a notebook computer that meets, at a minimum, the specifications listed here. Through its software licensing agreement with Microsoft, you will have access to Office 365 for as long as you are enrolled at Wooster. All systems will need to have “anti-virus” software, too.

Our Recommendations

Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8 (not RT*), Macintosh OSX 10.9 or higher
Minimum Hardware: Intel i5 processor or faster or AMD equivalent, minimum 8GB RAM, 500Gb HDD. Intel wireless card preferred.
Anti-Virus Software: Every student-owned computer must be running up-to-date anti-virus software in order to access the network.
Productivity Software: Every student-owned computer must have the ability to create and edit file types commonly used in Microsoft Office or have a licensed copy of Microsoft Office. Fortunately, Wooster students are now eligible for a free copy of Microsoft Office ProPlus. Instructions downloading and installing the Office ProPlus Suite can be found here.

Warranties and Accidental Damage

We strongly recommend purchasing the maximum extended manufacturer’s warranty and the maximum extended accidental damage protection plan. Warranties are a good way to ensure the reliability of the computer throughout all four years at Wooster. Accidental damage protection covers drops and spills, which most standard warranties do not cover.

Hardware Repair Support

At the Help Desk located in Morgan Hall, staff members are available to provide hardware diagnosis student notebooks. Our Apple certified help desk technicians can provide some on-site repair services

A Word on Tablets

You will see students, faculty, and staff using tablet devices around the campus. While tablets are often smaller, lighter, and run longer on a battery charge, few can run the software you are likely to need for your educational program at Wooster. If you have a tablet and wish to bring it, feel free to do so. We do not recommend that you plan to use a tablet in the place of a notebook computer.

Financial Assistance

Students with financial need who are unable to bring or purchase a notebook computer should contact Wooster’s Financial Aid Office to learn about available aid options.

2. Software

Microsoft Office: Through IT’s software licensing agreement with Microsoft, you will have access to Office 365 Pro Plus for as long as you are enrolled at Wooster. No need to purchase.

Anti-virus: All systems will need to have “anti-virus” software, too. This is not provided by the College.

3. A Backup Device or Service

We recommend that you have a separate device or means of backing up your files on your notebook’s hard drive. We have seen many students lose important work because of failures of their hard drives or accidentally deleting files. At Wooster, you can store files to your “OneDrive” in Office 365. Other options for backup include a flash drive or cloud storage such as iCloud or DropBox.

Additional Options:

A Cell Phone

We recommend that all students have a cell phone capable of receiving voice calls and text messages. Students do not need “smart phones.” We recommend the cell phone so that you can receive campus alerts through our campus emergency notification system, and so that if needed, professors and College staff can contact you.

A Printer

A printer is not needed. Students have the ability to send print jobs to a number of printers across the campus. Students are provided with annual printing “allowances”.

An LCD/LED Television

An LCD/LED television can connect to our campus-wide cable television network which includes educational and entertainment broadcasts. Any recently manufactured LCD/LED television capable of “clear QAM” and analog tuning will connect our cable TV system with just a standard coax TV cable. With the correct cable your HD television can be used a monitor for your notebook computer. You may want to coordinate who brings the TV with your roommate.

Technology Accessories

We recommend that you bring a surge-protector power strip for your residence hall room. A coaxial cable is needed to connect your television to the cable jack in your room. Consider bringing a cable lock for your notebook, and taking advantage of the engraving service offered by Wooster’s Security and Protective Services department once you’re on campus.