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Technical Requirements

Computer & Software Requirements

Beyond your application and admissions process, one of your main considerations for studying online should be how prepared you are with the computer and software you’ll need to complete your coursework successfully. Regent University’s Information Technology Department provides technical support, as related to your courses, whether you use a Windows/PC-based or Macintosh-based computer. However, university computer labs and most academic departments are Windows/PC-based, therefore assistance on that platform is often more streamlined.

Here are the recommended configurations for desktop and laptop computers.

Recommend Configurations

DesktopLaptop
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 Intel® Core™ i5
Memory8GB8GB
Hard Drive256GB Solid State Drive or larger 256GB Solid State Drive or larger
Network Connectivity100/1000MB Ethernet or Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac
Wireless connectivity is highly recommended for students living in the Commons Residence Halls
 Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac
Operating SystemWindows 10 Windows 10
SoftwareMicrosoft Office 365, Anti-Virus SoftwareMicrosoft Office 365 at no cost to Regent Students, Anti-Virus Software
Damage Protection Regent University highly recommends adding Accidental Damage Coverage. See Warranty and Support below for more information

How much should I invest in a computer purchase?

Purchase the most powerful computer you can afford. Buying a powerful computer (faster processor, more memory, larger hard drive) will help to ensure that your computer will meet your academic needs for many years to come.

Should I purchase a desktop or laptop computer?

This is a matter of computing needs and habits. Laptops provide the flexibility of using the computer almost anywhere. Desktop computers offer more for the money, and are usually easier to upgrade.

Vendors

Regent University does not endorse any specific manufacturer or vendor. However, vendors sometime pass along special offers to Regent University students, staff, and faculty.

 Warranty & Support

The Regent HelpDesk does not provide support for the installation, repair or maintenance of computer hardware, or the installation and configuration of computer software (including the operating system) for personally owned computers. Be sure to purchase a computer from a vendor that can provide these services for you.

For hardware, a three-year, on-site warranty may be a good purchase with your new computer. Purchase from a vendor that offers 24/ 7 telephone support, and also has web-based support.

For laptop purchases, Regent University highly recommends purchasing a warranty that includes accident damage coverage.

Anti-Virus Software

Computers can slow down overtime and be attacked by malicious software such as virus and malware programs.  Here are two free Anti-Virus programs that Regent University recommends to clean and protect your computer.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials – Windows Defender is built into the latest versions of Windows such as Windows 10 and helps guard your PC against viruses and other malware. For a PC running an older version of Windows, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free.
  • AVG Anti-Virus Free 

What if I am a hard-core Mac user?

We know the love and loyalty is real. If you have a Mac or are considering purchasing one, you may want to check with your school to see if there are specific compatibility issues. However, most students have no difficulty using a Mac computer if they have a recent version of Mac OS (version 10.12 or higher), a copy of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac, and a reliable internet connection.

We recommend using Chrome or Firefox for viewing Regent web pages on a Mac.