The following computer specifications are determined by the Office of Information Technology:
Operating system specifications:
Microsoft Windows 8.1 or newer (Windows 10 recommended)
Mac OS X Lion 10.14 or newer
Chromebook or Linux distro are acceptable
Recommended Hardware Specifications:
CPU: Intel Core i5 or better
Memory: 8 GB+
Hard Drive: 200 GB+
For connection to the Cornell College WiFi network, a WiFi card is required. If you prefer to have a wired network connection in your residence hall, you will need to supply a Cat6 Ethernet cord.
Updated software for your chosen operating system.
Safe Connect Client
All computers running Windows or MacOS must have a supported Anti-Virus Client.
Supported anti-virus clients
Microsoft Windows Defender—built into Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10
SpySweeper AV (may also be called Webroot)
Sophos for Mac
McAfee for Mac
TrendMicro for Mac
Norton for Mac
Avast for Mac—recommended for Mac
Kaspersky or Mac
Panda for Mac
Microsoft Antivirus for Mac
BitDefender for Mac
AVG for Mac
ESET for Mac
Avira for Mac
Webroot for Mac
Please note that SafeConnect will be provided on first connection to the Cornell network.
The supported antivirus list may not be exhaustive. Please contact Information Technology staff before purchasing a product not on this list.