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What are the computer requirements?

Although it is not absolutely necessary to bring a computer onto campus, many students do. If you prefer to minimize your expenses or will make arrangements purchase a computer after you arrive and verify needs with your academic department, then there are a number of computer labs on campus as well as some "public" stations that can be used by all students.  

If you do want to purchase a computer, below are some recommended specifications to aid in deciding on a computer that will work best for you. Our intention is to provide specifications for a computer that should last the duration of your time here at Olivet. You should also note that nearly all retailers offer a variety of discounts to customers with verifiable educational email accounts.

Recommended Specifications for Any Computer

  • Processor: Intel i5 or better
  • RAM: 8 GB 
  • Hard Drive: 160 GB or larger
  • Network Card: A or AC wireless network card (5GHz network band)

Other Considerations

Factors such as interests and intended course of study can affect what you should look for in a computer.  If most of what you plan on doing is standard tasks such as writing papers, preparing presentations, browsing the Internet, and similar activities, most computers that meet these minimum requirements will work fine.  However, if you expect to do much with music, audio, video, or art, the higher the specs you can get the better as those types of activities can be resource intensive.  Any questions about specific computing needs for a given major should be directed to that academic department.