Purchasing A New Computer
Illinois Wesleyan University Information Technology Services recommends these minimum specifications for new computers.
Reminder - if you opt for a desktop computer rather than a laptop be sure you bring
a webcam and speakers!
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 5
- Memory: 8 GB RAM (16GB is better)
- Operating System: Macintosh OSX 10.15 or higher
- Memory: 8 GB RAM (16GB is better)
- Hard Drive: 256GB SSD or 1TB Fusion Drive
The University has arrangements with a few vendors to assist with your technology
needs. 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.
Illinois Wesleyan University is a Google Workspace for Education school. All students, faculty, and staff have free access to the Google suite of
applications that include Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheet), Presentations
(slide presentation), Sites (website creation), Calendar, Drive (a virtual hard drive)
with online storage to store all of your work safely in the Google Cloud, and more.
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
Mike Benkoski at CDWG has provided some recommended systems from Lenovo and Apple for purchase by IWU students and families. Contact Mike with
Students, Faculty, and Staff can purchase from a wide range of technology products.
Students and Faculty can obtain Mathematica for their use. There are additional resources
available such as free online seminars, pre-built examples and more.
Preparing your computer for IWU
The following checklist contains some of the things you will need to complete before
- Install virus protection that is regularly updated
- Install Malware Protection
- Turn on antivirus automatic updates
- Turn on Windows or Mac automatic updates
- Bring surge suppressor strip
- Install a secondary Internet browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox
Getting New Software
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.
Illinois Wesleyan University is a Google Workspace for Education school. All students have free access to the Google suite of applications including
Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheet), Presentations (slide presentation),
Sites (website creation), Calendar, Drive with online storage to store your work safely
in the Google Cloud, and more.
Open Source Software
There may be community supported alternatives to popular commercial software. These
can be free or very low-cost, but might be complicated to install and use. Our small
team at IT Services may not be able to provide advice or assistance with these applications. Students
should read available documentation and make a careful decision when looking at alternatives
to popular commercial software.
- Open Office - An office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics,
databases and more.
- Libre Office - Another free suite of office applications.
- R - Statistical computing package.
- GIMP - For tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
We recommend that you download and try out any open source software before making
your purchasing decisions.
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