Laptop Requirements

Ensuring Student Success

At Clarkson College, our goal is to offer the most advanced learning and testing
experience, which is why laptops are required for all students registered for on-campus
classes. Use the following guidelines when selecting your laptop to ensure the device
meets our campus-wide requirements.

Laptop Hardware Requirements

System Formats & Minimum Specifications
The following laptop models are recommended:

  • Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air
  • Microsoft Surface Book, Surface Laptop or Surface Pro with a keyboard (Windows 10 S not supported at this time—select Windows 10 Home or Pro.)

If you purchase or own a laptop different from the models listed above, be sure your device meets the following minimum specification requirements:

  • Operating system: Current/mainstream version of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro or Mac OS X (Windows 10S is not supported.)
  • RAM: 4 GB minimum, 8+ GB preferred
  • Solid State Drive (SSD): 128 GB or higher (hard drives are acceptable but are not recommended)
  • Peripherals: Webcam and microphone
  • Wireless: Dual Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) with 802.11n or 802.11ac
  • CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or AMD A10 or better

Necessary Computer Programs & Applications

To provide an additional layer of security for online testing, students must download
the LockDown Browser application available through Canvas, the online learning
management system at Clarkson College. The download link is located under the Help
tab within the Canvas global navigation menu. The LockDown Browser is compatible
with Windows 10, 8 and 7 or Mac.