Stout Online Programs (Graduate and Undergraduate): Personal Laptop Recommendations
This is a list of specifications recommended for students using personal laptops for online coursework. These are recommended minimums.
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster x86-bit or x64-bit processor (Recommended Intel Core i5 processor or higher)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Hard Disk: 256 GB SSD (or HDD) with at least 5 GB available disk space
- Display: 1024 x 768 screen resolution
- Operating System:
- Windows 10 or Windows 8.1
- Apple 10.14, 10.13, or 10.12
- Browser: Current version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Safari
- Internet connection: DSL or Cable modem required. A broadband connection is recommended.
- Some courses may require a headset with an attached microphone.
Corporate and Personal Firewalls
Many corporations and individuals have installed firewalls to protect the computers on their networks. Firewalls can serve two purposes:
Tablet and Mobile Support
Minimum Software Requirements
- Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office365 is available for download on Windows and MacOS for current students. Installable titles include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Outlook, Skype for Business, and OneDrive for Business. (How to Install)
**There may be additional software recommendations for some programs, including the Master of Fine Art in Design (MFA) program. Most software is available on specific computer lab machines on campus. If you want to purchase your own copy of the software, you can find information below here: Stout Online Programs (Graduate and Undergraduate): Software Requirements