Information Technology

  • Student Laptop Requirements

    All Dean Students are required to have their own laptop computer and a personal printer. The make and model of the computer and printer you choose is a matter of personal choice. 

    The Technology Service Center (TSC) supports laptops meeting the minimum requirements listed below:  

    Minimum requirements for laptops running Microsoft Windows:

    • Microsoft Windows 10

    • Wi-Fi 802.11n minimum. 802.11ac is preferred
    • Browser: Latest versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox or Chrome

    Minimum requirements for MAC computers:

    • Mac OSX El Capitan is a minimum requirement however the most recent version of Mac OS is always recommended.

    • Wi-Fi 802.11n minimum. 802.11ac is preferred
    • Browsers: Safari can be used, however FireFox should also be installed for use with Dean systems.
    • NOTE: MacBook Pro is recommended over MacBook Air due to the larger hard drive capacity for downloading Microsoft Office and storing assignments.

    Other recommendations:

    • USB Flash Drive 2GB or greater
    • Multi-year service plan with laptop manufacturer.
    • Surge Protector
    • Bring the Manufacturer’s Restore CDs you received with your laptop. If your computer fails and needs the operating system reinstalled, the Technology Service Center will need these disks.

    ChromeBooks: It is important for students’ academic success to download the Microsoft Office suite of applications to their computer. ChromeBooks do not allow software to be downloaded and are not recommended as the primary laptop for students.

    Tablet Computers: Tablets are not recommended as the primary computer for students and should only be considered as a secondary tool. Laptops are best suited for completing assignments and for compatibility with Dean on-line resources.

    Personal Printers:  All students are expected to have a personal printer to print class assignments.  Wireless printing is not supported as it may negatively impact the surrounding wireless internet service. Your printer must be connected to your laptop by (or other) cable.

    If you have specific questions about a tablet, please contact the Technology Service Center at 508-541-1633.

    Software:   

    Microsoft Office: Dean College is pleased to provide you with a complimentary download of Office 365 for Education. This application includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher.

    • You can install Office 365 on up to 5 computers/devices.
    • Microsoft Office 365 will run on Windows and Mac computers and Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices. 

    VIRUS PROTECTION: It is important for all student computers to have up-to-date virus protection software installed, running and configured to automatically update. Viruses can be devastating to your documents and computer. If you have a virus, the TSC may need to keep your computer for several days. There is no guarantee it can be restored to correct working order.  

    If you are using Windows 10: Keep Windows Defender running in the background at all times. 
    Macs are not immune to viruses. It is highly recommended that all Mac users run virus protection.

    Campus Digital TV: To access cable television in your residence hall room, your TV must have a built-in QAM tuner. TVs without a QAM tuner will not work. Check the Technical Specifications of your TV prior to your arrival on campus.  

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