Computer and Software
Recommended Hardware Configuration
- Processor: Intel i3, i5, i7 or AMD equivalent
- Memory: 2 GB RAM or more
- 100 GB hard drive or more
- 10/100 Fast Ethernet Network adapter for resident students
- Laptops: 802.11b/g/n wireless
Best upgrades? Whether you are buying a new computer or bringing an older one, here are the two upgrades that will serve you best:
- Memory: We recommend 2GB as the bare minimum. Upgrading to 3, 4, or more GB will be noticeable when loading and running software and multitasking. Most people won't notice much benefit by going beyond 4GB.
- Wireless: Low end laptops may only support the older 802.11b/g standards. The newest wireless technology is 802.11n, which will give you a faster wireless connection and better signal strength.
Recommended Operating Systems
- Windows 7 or Windows Vista is recommended. Windows XP Professional still works on campus, but is no longer recommended due to support being discontinued by Microsoft and other software vendors. Windows 8 will be supported on campus upon its introduction this fall.
- Macintosh OSX. Version 10.3 or greater is required.
NOTE: Holy Cross College is a Windows campus. While a Macintosh (or Linux) computer will work fine for everyday needs, you should know that all lab, classroom, and faculty/staff workstations run a Windows operating system. Additionally, support on campus for Macintosh computers may be less robust should you encounter hardware or software problems.
Recommended and Required Software
- Antivirus software is required for all Windows computers. Our Network Access software supports most antivirus software, including free offerings from Microsoft, AVG, Avira, Avast, and others.
- Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 is recommended (Office 2010 is available for student use on computer lab workstations).
- Microsoft Office 2010 (Professional or Academic) is recommended for all students taking Computer Applications courses.
- Anti-spyware/adware software is recommended. Several easy-to-use and free programs are readily available on the internet, or bundled with your antivirus.
- Game Systems (Xbox, Playstation, etc.) will work on our network. No registration of the device is required. No support is available from technology staff for these products.
- Wired and wireless routers, hubs, switches, airports, and similar devices are prohibited on campus.
- Subwoofer speakers are prohibited in the residence halls.
- Other portable wireless devices are allowed to use the wireless network on campus after supplying your network credentials, including iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Blackberry, and more.
- Personal wireless printers may not use the campus network.
Computer and Software Discounts
Holy Cross College participates in the Dell University program. Through this program, HCC students, faculty, and staff can receive a 2-12% discount on new computers and computer equipment based on the warranty chosen and price of the system. Click the link below to browse items in their online store.
Although Holy Cross College does not offer our own discounted software for purchase, Microsoft is making their Office 2010 suite available at a heavily discounted rate to all college and university students. Follow the link below to purchase this software at a substantial savings.