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It is also strongly encouraged that you contact the department associated with your area of study for any additional computer requirements specific to your major.

Your computer should have the following minimum requirements:

  • Operating System (OS): Windows 10 or macOS 10.13 or higher
  • Intel iCore processors (i5 or above) or AMD Ryzen (5 or above)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128 GB SSD or 150 GB standard hard drive
  • 802.11b/g/n/ac Wireless
  • Webcam and Microphone (most laptops include this)
  • High-Speed Internet Connection (Minimum 20 Mbps Download - 5Mbps Upload Speed Test here) Proper internet access is provided while on campus

IMPORTANT: Chromebooks are not recommended as your primary device as many critical JCU learning tools are not available for this platform.

Recommended web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge are not recommended browsers at this time.

We also recommend you have productivity software* such as…

*All software listed is free to you as a John Carroll Students

Personal Hardware Purchases

Information Technology Services has negotiated with several hardware vendors to provide special pricing for personal purchases by JCU students, faculty and staff. Click here to learn more.

For more helpful information from ITS, please check out our Get Started page.

If you have any other questions concerning what type of PC you should bring, please call the ITS Service Desk at (216) 397-3005.

Updated: 6/2/2020

Contact Us

Service Desk

Fall and Spring Semester Hours
Mon - Thurs: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Sat - Sun: Noon - 6pm

servicedesk@jcu.edu 216-397-3005