Student Computer Hardware/Software Recommendations

Please Note: While UCA strongly recommends that each student own a Personal Computer, it is not required for admission to the University

Laptops

Processor Type Intel Core or AMD Athlon
Processor Speed Any
Standard RAM 4 G
Hard Drive Capacity 120 GB+
Optical Storage DVD+/-RW
Display Size Any
Operating System Windows 7
Communications, wired Integrated ethernet adapter
Communications, wireless Integrated wireless adapter supporting 802.11 B/G/N

Desktops

Processor Type Intel Core or AMD Athlon
Processor Speed Any
Standard RAM 1 GB
Hard Drive Capacity 120 GB+
Optical Storage DVD+/-RW
Operating System Windows 7
Communications, wired Integrated ethernet adapter
Video Adapter Any

Software

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, Microsoft Office 2003 Professional
  • Virus Protection (Norton or McAfee)
  • Personal Firewall
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • WinZip
  • WSFTP
  • RealAudio Player
  • QuickTime Player

Suggested Options

  • 512 MB USB Thumb Drive
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Accidental Damage Protection

Additional Recommendation Information

  • UCA utilizes a campus-wide wireless network. This allows for internet access from most locations on campus. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this connectivity with mobile computers.
  • Windows XP Home is compatible with most applications. However, Information Technology and Computer Science majors should strongly consider using Windows XP Professional.
  • USB wireless adaptors are not recommended. Many USB wireless adapters are incompatible with UCA’s wireless network. UCA does not recommend adapter brands but most PCI, Mini-PCI, and PCMCIA adapters seem to work well.
  • Routers, wireless access points and other student provided networking devices are not authorized since they frequently interfere with others use of the campus network.