Academic Computing Center

West Chester University

21 Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
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Recommended Student Computer Configuration

Looking to buy your student a new computer?
Need a little help?
Just stick to the basics!

Laptop/ Desktop Recommendations:

There are no specific requirements for the type or brand of computer you decide to purchase, however, please note that 90% of the WCU campus uses Windows.

Operating System
Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit) -
Dual Processor (AMD or Intel)

1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 -
2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Intel)

2GB minimum, 4GB perferred.
Hard Drive
250GB capacity and up
Ethernet and Built-in WiFi Card
Office Suite
Microsoft Office 2010 or Open Office
iWorks, Open Office, or MS Office 2011


Software Applications:

  • Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 (or equiv.)
  • Anti-Virus Software (Antivirus is MANDATORY to connect to the Residential Network. WCU offers FREE Antivirus available at the IT Help Desk and RESNET)
  • Anti-Spyware Software (i.e., Windows Defender)


  • 2GB or higher Flash Drive
  • Ethernet (network) cable of 15' or more
  • Security Cable-Lock/Device (for laptops)
  • 17' Monitor (LCD has become the standard)


  • Stick with a brand name you can trust
  • Remember to use your Student ID for discounts
  • Look into extended manufacturer warranties
  • 90% of our campus uses Windows - technical support for students with Mac computers is limited to RESNET Central (Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard)