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Computer Requirements

Bluefield State suggests that all students own (or have access to) a personal computer. A working knowledge of its operations and up-to-date programs also boosts the learning experience and instructional curves throughout the educational programs. This means that you should know how to get your computer to do what you want it to do, when you want it to do it.  Certain skills and hardware/software recommendations for taking online courses are provided below as well. It is in the best interest of all students, staff and faculty members to become familiar with your personal computer before classes start.  Students have indicated that individual ownership of a personal computer or laptop is preferable. BS houses many general and specific-use computer labs for use by all students, staff and faculty. As a student, staff or faculty member you have certain resources available for you to purchase discounted software.

Suggested Requirements 
Minimum Preferred
Intel Core I7 Processor 2nd Generation Intel COre I7 Processor
Windows 7 Windows 7
4GB RAM 8GB RAM
200 GB Hard Drive 500 GB Hard Drive (or higher)
Broadband Broadband
Network card Network card
17" Flat Panel Display 19" Flat Panel Display
Mouse Mouse
Sound card and Speakers Sound Card, Speakers, and Video Card
DVD/CD-RW DVD/CD-RW
Optional (highly recommended): High-speed Storage Media USB (thumb or flash drive) or other equivalent portable storage media.
Please note: the minimum requirements are suggested for individuals who already possess a personal computer. The "Recommended" configurations are meant for guidance in obtaining new equipment compatible with school technology standards.
Many college instructional buildings and computer labs have been configured for a WiFi or Wireless Internet connection. To access the WiFi infrastructure, it is necessary to obtain a Wireless Ethernet Card with a new purchase, which may come pre-packaged in newer laptops. Otherwise, these cards can be obtained at local electronics stores.