Please note that SUNY New Paltz does NOT require students to bring their own computers to campus. We have many computer labs on campus that will meet the academic needs of our students. For more information about these facilities, see our Lab Information guide. Further, the university does not endorse the use or purchase of any particular hardware or software product, brand, or manufacturer.
For students who bring a computer to campus, we recommend that the computer meet the minimum requirements outlined below. Most new computers will already meet or exceed these standards. Older computers should be upgraded if possible to meet these standards as well. This is especially true of the Windows operating system, as Windows 95/98/ME are no longer supported on campus.
If you are not sure what to bring, consider waiting one semester before buying a computer. That way, students will have a better idea of their specific needs when making a purchase.
Most Windows computers will be sold with Windows Vista. Due to the highly graphical nature of this new operating system, we are recommending a faster processor and more memory. Note: Vista has been tested with most of the services the college provides.
Depending on the operating system you will be running (ie. Windows XP, Vista or Macintosh), we make the following recommendations:
Mac OS X
P4 1.6 GHz
1.6 GHz Dual Core
Note: The more memory, the better.
Ethernet Port– required for connecting in the dorms
Note: Although our campus has a many “hot spots”,
wireless is available in only six residence halls.
Also, please note that students are not allowed to connect their own wireless access points (or wireless routers) in the dorms. If any of these devices are found, they will be confiscated.
(For DVD playback and capability to burn/write CDs)
Please bring all original software (CDs) that came with computer.
We cannot provide reinstallation media.