Illinois Wesleyan University Information Technology Services recommends these minimum specifications for new computers:
Operating System: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core™2 Duo/ AMD Athlon II X2
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 250 GB
Operating System: Macintosh OSX 10.7
Processor: Intel Core™2 Duo
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 250 GB
The University has arrangements with Apple Computer, CDWG and Tiger Direct. These are good places to start, but prices are constantly changing, so be sure to shop other vendors and compare the prices to get the best deal. Be sure to ask for academic discounts from all technology vendors.
To shop, simply click on the link above or the ad. You will be taken to Apple's affiliate program store where you will automatically get an educational discount on any purchases made.
Students, Faculty and Staff have access to a wide range of discounted products from netbooks to laptop cases.
Wolfram offers various resources in Mathematica for both Students and Faculty. Some of these resources are free online seminars, pre-built examples and plenty more.
The following checklist contains some of the things you will need to complete before arriving.
Install virus protection
Turn on antivirus automatic updates
Turn on Windows or Mac automatic updates
Bring surge suppressor strip
Install an office productivity suite or word processor (e.g. Microsoft Office or OpenOffice)
Install a secondary Internet browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome
Faculty and staff have access to Microsoft Office to use on their university-owned computers as well as personally-owned computers that are used for university work. They also have access to Wolfram's Mathematica.
The software that a student will need at Illinois Wesleyan University will depend on their intended major. All students on campus will need at least a suitable word processor for their work at IWU. Graphic design majors will also want photo editing software for their own systems.
Illinois Wesleyan Students can find discounted software from VarsityBuys, which has discounts on both Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Students should note that alternative software is available online, free of charge.
Open source software is developed by programmers cooperating on an open platform. These programs are available for download completely free of charge and are often good substitutes to the standard options. Unfortunately, we in IT Services are unable to provide full support for these programs. Students will be responsible for understanding how to use the software should they choose to seek these alternatives.
We recommend that you download and try out any open source software before making your purchasing decisions.