The following are based on WSU 2010-2011 Digital Life and Learning Program Review Committee recommendations. All laptops distributed to WSU students will meet or exceed these standards.
Personally-owned computers that do not meet these standards may be inadequate for online WSU coursework. Note that these are minimum requirements. Specific online courses may include additional requirements (e.g., a microphone and camera for video conferencing).
Consult the Course Detail information and talk your instructor if you have any questions or concerns.
- 1.8 GHz multi-core processor
- 3 GB of system memory sufficient for multi-tasking
- 160 GB Hard Drive
- 13” widescreen and graphics card capable of at least 1280x800 pixel resolution
PC or Mac?
Many software applications used in online courses are either Web-based or come in both PC and Mac versions. As long as your computer meets the minimum hardware standards, you should be able to run the software required by most online courses. However, some courses require software designed exclusively for a Microsoft Windows or Mac operating system (OS). Consult the Course Detail information and talk your instructor if you have any questions or concerns. Please note the following:
- Newer Macs can run a copy of Windows alongside the native Mac OS using a tool called VMWare Fusion, allowing Mac users to access some Windows-only applications. Learn more about VMWare Fusion
- Apple Safari, typically pre-installed as the default Web browser on Mac computers, is not capable of handling many, highly interactive Web-based activities common to online learning (e.g., taking tests online). Mac users are encouraged to use Mozilla Firefox for their online course work.