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Information Technology Orientation - Computer / Software Recommendations

What type of computer do I need to be able to access the internet at Gordon?

Computers are an integral part of the Gordon State College experience. However, it is not required to have your own personal computer at Gordon. There are many computer facilities on campus that students can use. Most students would agree that having your own computer is more convenient and should be considered before attending college. Most computers purchased within the last few years can easily connect to the Internet at Gordon. Below are some general guidelines to follow to ensure that your computer (or a computer that you plan to purchase) will connect to the campus network....

Residence Halls (Direct-Wired Internet)

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP Operating System preferred
  • An Ethernet Network Card installed in your computer. (These can be purchased at a computer store and usually come pre-packaged with computers purchased from most vendors. NOTE: This is not the same hardware as a standard telephone-line based MODEM)
  • Cat-5 Ethernet Patch cable
  • Updated Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware Software

Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP Operating System preferred
  • Wireless Adapter (Network) Card with 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g compatibility (Most computer vendors offer wireless network card options when purchasing a PC).
  • Updated Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware Software

IMPORTANT NOTE: GORDON STATE COLLEGE ONLY SUPPORTS MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEMS ON CAMPUS. APPLE'S MAC PRODUCT LINE CAN CONNECT TO THE INTERNET HOWEVER APPLE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY THE COMPUTER SERVICES STAFF AND SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS BETWEEN SYSTEMS COULD OCCUR.

What software do you use at Gordon so I know what to buy for my home computer?

There are no specific requirements for your personal computer or laptop. Most new computers are more than adequate to do tasks required of college students. You can purchase a computer or a laptop with either a Microsoft or Apple operating system. However, Gordon State College only supports Microsoft operating systems on campus. A Mac can connect to the Internet however Apple products are not supported by the Computer Services staff and compatibility problems between systems could occur. Below is an example of a typical Gordon State College computer's software configuration...

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader