SUNY Oneonta is among the most wired colleges in the country. Our educational resources incorporate significant use of computer technology. In order for students to fully take advantage of all of our technological resources, we recommend that the computer you bring to campus meet or exceed recommended specifications regarding speed, storage space, memory, and applications. Listed below are recommended computer specifications for computer systems, and some applications we recommend the computer to have.
* Some laptops offer optional solid state storage (no moving parts, like a flash drive ) instead of a hard drive. If you choose Solid State storage, we recommend at least 256 GB.
Warranty: 1 Year warranty come standard on most computer purchases. We recommend extending that to 3 years.
Wireless: In order to connect to the college's wireless network, your wireless device must support 802.11B, 802.11G, or 802.11N. All current laptops connect to the internet wirelessly. If buying a desktop, please make sure the computer has this capability.
DVD Burner: DVD burners are no longer included with every new computer. Please be sure to specify at least a 16X DVD burner if you wish to include one. Some ultrabook laptops are too thin to accommodate a burner. Please check the computer's specifications when purchaing.
External Storage: USB Drive/External Hard Drive for larger projects. We recommend at least a 500 GB external hard drive.
Printers: Printing is available on campus so a printer is not necessary.
Software: Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows and Office 2016 for Mac.