Technology you will need

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 bound 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 or exceeds the specifications listed here — there is no need to purchase a new computer if you have one that meets our recommendations.  We set these specifications giving consideration to the software applications that you will most likely work with in your courses at Wooster.

Our Recommendations 

Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 or Macintosh OSX 10.12 or higher
Minimum Hardware: Intel i5 series processor or faster or AMD equivalent, minimum 8GB RAM, 256GB solid-state drive (see information about extra storage below). Intel wireless card preferred.
Anti-Virus Software: Every student-owned computer must be running up-to-date anti-virus/anti-malware software in order to access the network.  For more information about anti-virus/anti-malware applications, see below.
Productivity Software: Wooster students are eligible to install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus with the 2019 versions of the applications free during enrollment. Click here for instructions to download.

Warranties, Accidental Damage & Insurance

If you’re purchasing a new computer to bring to Wooster, we recommend purchasing an extended manufacturer’s warranty.  As some extended warranties can be pricey, do your homework (and the math).  We also recommend an accidental damage protection plan, as damage to your computer resulting from dropping it or spilling water (or coffee) on it and the like are not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Again, do your homework, as some accidental damage plans can cost a lot and cover little.  If possible, you should make sure your computer is covered by your home, property, or renters’ insurance plan in the event it is stolen.

Hardware Repair Support

At the Service Desk located in Morgan Hall, staff members are available to provide hardware diagnosis for student notebooks. Our Apple certified Service 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 for as long as you are enrolled at Wooster.  No need to purchase.

Anti-virus/anti-malware: All systems will need to have “anti-virus” software, too.  This is not provided by the College. Looking for a free application?  We suggest:

3. A Backup Service or Device

We recommend that you have a separate device or means of backing up your files on your notebook’s hard drive. At Wooster, you can store files to your “OneDrive” in Office 365. Other options for backup include a flash drive, external hard drive, or cloud storage such as iCloud or DropBox. If you use an option other than OneDrive, you should have at least 500 GB of storage.  We have seen many students lose important work because of hard drive failures or accidentally deleting files from their computers.

Additional Options:

A Cell Phone

We recommend that all students have a cell phone capable of receiving voice calls and text messages.  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”.

Technology Accessories

We recommend that you bring a surge-protector power strip for your residence hall room.  Consider bringing a cable lock for your notebook, and taking advantage of the engraving service offered by Security and Protective Services once you’re on campus.