Student Computers

Student Computers

Do I need a computer?

While Medaille does not have an overall computer requirement; some programs, including Post-Traditional and Online, do require students to own a laptop. Additionally, some Medaille classes have a specific computer requirement. You will need to check with your instructor to determine their requirements. Students often find that a personal laptop best suits their needs in terms of portability, access and success on campus. Medaille’s Buffalo and Rochester campuses have full wireless coverage.

If you need access to public computing on campus, you can visit our computer labs - campus-computing to find locations and hours open.


Do I need to buy a New Computer or can I use my old one?

Almost any new laptop or laptop purchased in the last 2 years will meet Medaille’s class and program requirements. Certain Chromebooks or tablets may not however.
We have noted the minimum laptop requirements below, to guide you to review your current machine or to purchase a new one.

Hardware Minimum Recommended

Windows 10

MacOS Sierra (10.12) or higher

Windows 10

MacOS 10.14 or higher

Processor Intel "i" series processor (i3 or higher) Intel "i" series processor (i5 or higher)
RAM 8GB 16GB or higher
Hard Drive 128GB HDD or SSD 256GB SSD or higher
Office 2016 Microsoft 365
Network Card Wireless A, B, N, AC


Other options you may need/want to consider:

  • A 3-year warranty covering parts + on-site labor (next business day)
  • USB memory stick or USB backup hard drive
  • High speed internet service (cable modem or FIOS)

Specs are based on the requirements for 2020 classes.



Buying an Apple laptop/iPad?

If you are considering buying an Apple laptop, be advised that there may be software required by faculty for instruction that will not run on the Apple platform.

Microsoft Office for Mac - ms-office-mac also has some differences that may cause issues for you. (i.e. Microsoft Access)

Currently, iPad's also have certain limitations with the Microsoft 365 suite, and other various applications.


Buying a Chromebook?

If you are considering buying a Chromebook of any brand, be advised that all software for Chromebooks is downloaded through the Google PlayStore and therefore many programs required by faculty are not compatible with Chromebooks.


Student Computer Support

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her laptop is functioning properly and is able to connect to the wireless network.
Medaille University does not provide Technical support for computer hardware or software issues on students personal machines.
If you need assistance with setting up your wireless or downloading software, you can contact us ast the Medaille University IT Helpdesk.