Minimum Student Laptop Requirements

Laptops are required for taking exams and must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page.

Laptops are required for taking exams and other coursework and must meet the minimum requirements listed below. Students who do not have a laptop that meet the minimum requirements and need financial assistance purchasing a device may contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss options. 

The PNWU Help Desk is able to provide minimal assistance with personally-owned devices; a warranty and online backup service is highly recommended for students. 

Min: 802.11g wireless card, USB Ethernet adapter (like this one)
Recommended: 802.11n wireless card

Screen Size
13" or higher

Operating Systems
Windows-based devices: Windows 10
Apple Mac devices:  10.13

HD webcam (typically built-in)
microphone (typically built-in)

Min: Core i5
Recommended: Core  i5 or i7

Min: 4gb RAM
Recommended: 4-8gb RAM

Hard Drive
Min: 120gb
Recommended: 250-500gb, Solid State Drive (SSD)

Required software that will be provided or discussed during student orientation

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Anti-Virus Software - Mac or Windows (Sophos Home is recommended)
  • PaperCut printing client
  • Examplify secure testing client
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader & Adobe Flash (latest versions)

Recommended accessories

  • Warranty: 3 year parts and labor, on-site
  • Laptop Privacy Screen (example)
  • Online backup service for data backup in case your laptop fails. 
  • Personal printer for ease of printing from home. There are student printers available on campus, but a quota is assigned.
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