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Computers and Technology for College
As an NWACC student, you may have questions regarding the types of computers or technology
that can help you complete your college coursework. The following information can
offer you a great starting point when deciding what type of computer and technology
best fit your needs.
Computers Recommended for College
NWACC recommends that students use a Windows desktop or laptop computer. A Mac will also work fine for most classes. Chromebooks are not recommended because they are not compatible with software required for some classes.
The best technology for you will depend on several factors, including your budget and the classes you will be taking. For most students, a basic Windows computer will work. Be sure to read more information below regarding special technology that some degrees may require.
If you need to purchase a computer for college, the following computer specifications
are ideal for researching, typing papers, composing email, and other common tasks.
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Hard Drive||128 GB
Technology for College
- Webcam: A webcam is recommended to participate in remote or online class activities. A webcam
is built into most laptops, and may be purchased as an accessory if you have a desktop
- Internet: You will need to have internet access, which may be in your home, a local library,
at an NWACC location, or using WIFI at other locations in your community.
- Special software: Some classes will have specific technology that you will need for that class – special software or other items. Courses that require certain hardware or software will disclose that in the course notes on the schedule of classes each semester.
Some college programs will require a specific type of computer to work with software and other computer peripherals. If you plan on enrolling in one of the programs listed below, be sure to view the recommended computer specifications.
|Graphic Needs||Full 1920 X 108060Hz refresh|
|RAM||8 GB (minimum, more would be better)|
|Graphic Needs||1080P + screen rezGPU: Nvidia GTX 1050+ Dedicated VRAM 2GB|
Shopping & Paying for a Computer / Technology
There are many places where you can purchase technology. These include stores in your local community, and online vendors. Shop around for the best deals using the specifications given above.
Feel free to also shop at NWACC's Dell storefront (coming soon) or at the NWACC Bookstore. The Dell storefront offers financing, and you can use your book credit at the NWACC Bookstore.