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Bringing a computer to campus

You are not required to have your own computer, but if you decide to bring a computer for use on campus, here's what you need to know.


Computer Requirements


Wireless Internet access is available in all campus buildings for Wi-Fi ready devices. Wired networking is also available in all residence hall rooms; if you want to use a wired connection, a CAT5 or CAT6 Ethernet/network cable is required to connect to the network jack.

Operating System

The ITS Service Desk supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Macintosh OS 10.5 or later.

Anti-virus software

In order to connect a Windows computer to the Internet, our setup process requires you to install Microsoft Security Essentials. All other anti-virus software will need to be uninstalled. Mac users are not required to install anti-virus software.

Restore/Resource discs

When buying a computer, be sure to get whatever "restore" or "resource" discs are available. These discs contain all of the information necessary to restore your computer to the condition it was in when you got it and restore functionality in the event of a major system problem. When setting up your computer for the first time, if you are given the opportunity to create restore discs, do so.

When you bring your computer to campus, be sure to bring along all of the discs and manuals that came with it: the "restore" discs (or restore procedure instructions), operating system discs, "resource"discs with drivers for your hardware, and software that came with the computer. These discs may be required if you need to repair your computer.

Choosing a computer

A computer is a major purchase. Our goal is to help you purchase one that will stand up to the demands of college life and last you throughout your residence at St. Norbert College. Some general considerations:

What will you use it for?

Obviously you'll want to write papers & go online, but consider other things like playing video games, storing digital photos, editing videos, etc. What programs will you use & what are the computer requirements for those programs?

Windows or Mac?

This is a personal choice, and you should choose whichever platform you're more comfortable with. Our campus supports both, and we have both Windows and Mac computers in our labs, so you will always have access to the other platform if needed. 

Laptop or desktop?

It really depends on your personal preference. Although desktops are usually a bit cheaper, most students bring laptops. Wireless access for laptops is available in all residence halls and the public areas of all campus buildings.

Buying a new computer: Recommendations


Windows 7 Recommendation: Intel i3 or i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive
Windows 8 Recommendation: 1 Ghz or faster processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive

Apple Macintosh

OS 10.5/Leopard Minimum Requirement: Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, 100GB hard drive
OS 10.7/Lion or 10.8/Mountain Lion Recommendation: Intel i3 or i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive

St. Norbert College Technology Discounts

Technology Discounts are available through relationships with vendors.

Other educational discounts

Many computer manufacturers offer educational discounts for high school and college students. If you shop at our online stores, you'll be sure to get these discounts. If you're shopping somewhere other than one of our online stores, don't forget to ask about these discounts.


Anti-virus software

Windows users will be required to install Microsoft Security Essentials in order to connect to the Internet through the campus network. All other anti-virus software must be uninstalled at that time.

Microsoft Office

NEW! Microsoft Office 365 free for students. 

In order to help our students prepare for success this school year, we’re providing Office 365 to you free of charge. You will now be able to work in the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. You can install your Office 365 on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!). All work can be saved online in OneDrive so it can be accessed no matter which device is being used. And finally, you can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you are a student at SNC.

Sign in with your email address and password.

Other software

See our Buying Software page to learn how to get educational discounts on other software.


Students can print from their personal computers using a or email. Printing from personal computers will be charged at the same rate as printing from College-owned computers. 

Computer Setup & Registration (on campus)

To access the Internet from your room, you will first need to set up your computer. Once you connect your computer to the network in your room and turn it on, open your web browser and you should see the St. Norbert College Network Registration page (if that page doesn't open automatically, go to The instructions on that page will walk you through the setup process, in which you will install Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows only) and register your computer. Once you complete those steps, your Internet connection will be active.

By accepting a connection to the St. Norbert College computer network, you agree to adhere to the policy guidelines. If you do not adhere to these conditions, you will be subject to losing your network connection privileges.


The ITS Service Desk provides assistance during all steps of the connection process. We will make our best effort to help you connect your computer to our network, however, there may be computers that simply will not work with our network.

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