Computer Hardware

Computer age

If your computer is more than 3 years old we strongly suggest investing in new equipment. While older systems will work, they may be extremely limited in their ability to manage multiple programs, as well as at maintaining Internet connectivity during class sessions.

Desktop, Laptop, Netbook, or Tablet?

Given the capabilities of machines on the market today, the choice between desktop or laptop is more a matter of personal preference. Netbooks or tablet should not be used as your main computer due to their slower processor speed and lack of storage space. Additionally, tablets will not work with your online classroom platform and certain software programs required for specific courses.


Operating System  

Both Mac and PC operating systems will work. Windows 10 is preferred over Windows 7 or 8 for PCs. As a student you can purchase upgrades to your current system through the SJSU bookstore



For questions or more information, please contact Robert Rinck (