Academics

Technology

A list of recommended technology specifications for students (see chart to follow) has been developed.  

Please note that some programs (Architecture, Multimedia Communication, and Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography) require very distinct specifications for computer hardware, operating systems, and software.

If you are unsure of the appropriate laptop for your program, please contact your Program’s Director.

General Technology Recommendations

PC

Mac

Operating
System

MINIMUM
Windows 10 Home

RECOMMENDED
Windows 10 Pro

macOS 10.13 or Higher

Processor Type

MINIMUM
Core i3 Processor

*AMD NOT Recommended*

RECOMMENDED
Core i5 or Core i7 Processor

MINIMUM
Core i5 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM
4GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
8GB RAM or Higher

MINIMUM
8GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
16GB RAM or Higher

Hard Drive

MINIMUM
256GB SSD or 500GB HD

*Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*

RECOMMENDED
512GB SSD or Higher

MINIMUM
256GB SSD

*Do not purchase a 128 GB HD*

RECOMMENDED
512GB SSD or Higher

Graphics Card

MINIMUM
512 MB Video Memory

RECOMMENDED
2GB Video Memory or Higher

MINIMUM
2GB Video Memory

RECOMMENDED
4GB Video Memory or Higher

Other Hardware

Built-In Webcam

Built-In Webcam

Software

MS Office 2016 or newer

MS Office 2016 or newer

Warranty

3 year parts and labor 
(on-site strongly recommended)

3 year parts and labor (AppleCare+)

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended)

Virus Protection Software

Sophos Home or similar protection.


These specifications work for most departments and programs. The College of Professional Studies and the Communications & Science Disorders Department have a preference for Windows-based Laptops meeting either configuration above.

Specific operating systems/requirements are listed for the following majors:

Technology Recommendations

Architecture

Multimedia Communication

Graphic Design, Illustration & Photography

Operating
System

Windows PC, 15” Screen Minimum, Windows 10 OS

Mac Required, macOS 10.13 or Higher

Mac Preferred, macOS 10.13 or Higher

Processor Type

MINIMUM
Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ (2.7 plus turbo)

MINIMUM
Core i7 Processor

RECOMMENDED
Core i9 Processor

MINIMUM
Core i7 Processor

Memory

MINIMUM
8 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
16 GB RAM or Higher

MINIMUM
16 GB RAM

RECOMMENDED
32 GB RAM or Higher

MINIMUM
16GB RAM or Higher

Hard Drive

MINIMUM
1 TB SATA Hard Drive OR  512 GB SSD OR some combination of SATA and SSD

MINIMUM
512 GB SSD

RECOMMENDED
1 TB SSD 

MINIMUM
512GB SSD or Higher

Graphics Card

MINIMUM
Nvidia Quadro M1000M w/2 GB GDDR5 

RECOMMENDED
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M w/3 GB GDDR5 or better

MINIMUM
4 GB Video Memory 

RECOMMENDED
8 GB Video Memory

MINIMUM
4GB Video Memory or Higher

Other Hardware

Built-In Webcam

Built-In Webcam

1 TB External Hard Drive Recommended

Built-In Webcam, USB Ports, Illustration students will also need WACOM drawing tablets.

Software

MS Office 2016 *

MS Office 2016 *

Adobe Suite, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X (all required) and Final Draft 11 (recommended)

MS Office 2016 *

Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions. Maya will be needed for animation.

Warranty

3 year parts and labor 
(on-site strongly recommended)

3 year parts and labor (AppleCare+)

3 year parts and labor (AppleCare+)

Insurance

Comprehensive breakage, theft, liquid spill, hazard (strongly recommended) 

Virus Protection

Sophos Home or similar protection.


*Marywood students are eligible for Microsoft Office 365 Web and Desktop versions.
A link to request a license can be found on the IT Help Desk - Student Help website:  http://www.marywood.edu/helpdesk/student-help.html

The Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography majors in the Art Department have a preference for Mac-based Laptops with the “Recommended” configuration or higher.

Architecture requires all majors to have a laptop with a strong preference for Windows-based laptops, meeting the minimum specifications listed above.  More details can be found on their website:  http://www.marywood.edu/architecture/students/laptop-program/

Multimedia Communication requires majors to have a Mac Computer meeting at least the Minimum specifications with the Recommended specifications preferred.

Marywood has implemented Apps Anywhere, a virtual app solution that will allow students to remotely run many of the software applications that are provided in the computer labs on campus.