Technical Requirements for SNHU Online Courses

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SNHU Online requires that all students have the following programs, software and operating system on their computers prior to participating in their first online course. All SNHU Online instructors use these programs and software and may not be able to accept written work from students who are using incompatible programs. Students participating in upper level IT courses may be able to obtain temporary licenses for software required for their courses through SNHU’s MSDN alliance program. Students in courses which take advantage of this alliance program will be given participation instructions during the first few days of class by their instructors.

Windows Laptop or Desktop Computer

Component Minimum Required Specifications
Processor Pentium M processor or newer
Memory 2 GB (4 GB recommended)
Hard Drive 80 GB or higher
Network Card Integrated Internal Card 10/100
CD-ROM 24X CD-RW/DVD drive
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional, SP2 or newer
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2007 Professional or Office 2010 - required for all students
Antivirus Software Symantec antivirus is provided free of charge to all resident students. Non-resident students are required to have antivirus software of their choice in order to connect to the SNHU network.
Warranty 3 year limited warranty - extended coverage highly recommended

Apple Laptop or Desktop Computer

Macs are fully supported at SNHU and work with all of our campus systems. Keep in mind however that some of your classes may require software that only comes made for Windows computers. Macs with Intel processors can run Mac OS and Windows on the same computer. If you choose to bring a Mac, it is recommended that you install Windows using Bootcamp which allows you to use your Mac as a Mac or a Windows computer. An even better option is to install Parallels or VMWare Fusion software which allows you to run Mac and Windows at the same time. Macs are only made by Apple Inc. Discounted pricing can be obtained by SNHU students at The Apple Education Store.

Component Minimum Required Specifications
Model MacBook or MacBook Pro with Intel processor. (All MacBook and MacBook Pro models currently sold exceed the minimum specs.)
Memory 1 GB or higher
Hard Drive 80 GB or higher
Wireless Network Card ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 w/ 32MB DDR video memory
CD-ROM CD-RW/DVD Drive
Operating System Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011 for Mac
Antivirus Software Symantec antivirus is provided free of charge to all resident students. Non-resident students are required to have antivirus software of their choice in order to connect to the SNHU network.
Warranty AppleCare Protection Plan
Recommended, but not required We suggest that you also purchase Parallels or VMWare Fusion software as well as a copy of Windows.

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