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Technology and Support Services

The convenience of online learning allows students who might not otherwise be able to pursue higher education the opportunity to chase their dreams. Many students wonder what technology they need to be able to participate in online degree programs.

At Calvin University Online, you’ll need the following:

Computer and Accessories

We recommend a desktop or laptop computer to complete most online coursework. Laptops offer the greatest flexibility to students. Not all mobile devices are compatible. We don’t recommend a smartphone or tablet as your primary device to complete coursework.

In addition, headphones and a webcam may help you communicate with other students and instructors through video meetings.

Online Learning Hardware Requirements

MacWindows-Based PC
Operating SystemMinimum Specification: Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave)
Recommended Specification: Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina)
Minimum Specification: Windows 10
Recommended Specification: Windows 10
RAMMinimum Specifications: 4GB
Recommended Specifications: 8GB
Minimum Specifications: 4GB
Recommended Specifications: 8GB
Hard DriveMinimum Specifications: 256GB or larger SATA Drive
Recommended Specifications: 256GB or larger solid-state drive (SSD)
Minimum Specifications: 256GB or larger SATA Drive
Recommended Specifications: 256GB or larger solid-state drive (SSD)
NetworkingMinimum Specifications: 10/100 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless
Recommended Specifications: 10/100/1000 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless
Minimum Specifications: 10/100 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless
Recommended Specifications: 10/100/1000 Ethernet 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless