If you plan to buy a new computer, we recommend that it meet or exceed the following criteria:

Processor Intel Core i3 or equivalent or faster Intel Core i3 or faster
Memory 8 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive 160+ GB 160+ GB
Operating System Windows 7 or newer OS 10.10 Yosemite or higher
Other Software
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Internet Explorer 11 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest)
  • Antivirus/Antimalware software with a current subscription
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Safari (latest) 
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest)
  • Antivirus/Antimalware software with a current subscription
Other Hardware
  • 10/100BASE-T ethernet adaptor (usually built-in)
  • 15'-25' CAT-5 ethernet cable
  • USB Flash Drive (for portable storage)
  • 10/100BASE-T ethernet adaptor (usually built-in)
  • 15'-25' CAT-5 ethernet cable
  • USB Flash Drive (for portable storage)
Chromebook FAQs

If you already have a computer that you are considering bringing to campus, we recommend that it meet or exceed the following minimum criteria:

Processor Intel Dual Core i3 or equivalent or faster Power Macintosh G3 or faster
Memory 4 GB RAM 1 GB RAM
Hard Drive 250+ GB 60+ GB
Operating System Windows 7, or newer OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher with security updates
Other Software
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 11 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest)
  • Antivirus/Antimalware software with a current subscription
  • Microsoft Office 2011 or higher
  • Safari (latest)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest)
  • Antivirus/Antimalware software with a current subscription
Other Hardware
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet adaptor (usually built-in)
  • 15'-25' CAT-5 Ethernet cable
  • USB Flash Drive (for portable storage)
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet adaptor (usually built-in)
  • 15'-25' CAT-5 Ethernet cable
  • USB Flash Drive (for portable storage)

Services available to students who choose to bring a computer:

  • Direct access to the campus network and Internet for all ResNet (Residential Network) users. Students must supply their own 10/100Base-T Ethernet network adapter and a CAT-5 Ethernet cable.
  • Wireless 802.11g access locations can be found here.
  • The University recommends Microsoft Security Essentials  for Windows 7 operating systems, which is a free antivirus program that provides real-time protection for your PC, as well as guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Windows Defender is included on Windows 8 and higher PCs.

Contact

IT Help Desk

(573) 651-4357
helpdesk@semo.edu
Memorial Hall 107

IT Office

(573) 651-2217
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701