Student Technology Requirements

Technology recommendations and requirements for students.

We recommend that each student have a laptop to bring to class. Choose whichever technology you feel most comfortable with; we advise following these minimum requirements:

PC

Mac

OS: Windows 8.1, 10* OS: Yosemite or El Capitan*
Memory: 4 GB Memory: 4 GB

detailed recommendations

The following computer recommendations and requirements work most effectively with Creighton applications, supported software and our campus network. 
Printable technical requirements (PDF)

Feature

Required

Preferred
(If Applicable)

Rationale

Operating system Windows: 8.1, 10*
Mac: Yosemite or El Capitan*
  * See note below.
Display 11.6” 12” or higher Online exams are easier to view using a larger screen.
Processor Intel i-Series (i3, i5, i7) or
equivalent (Windows/Mac)
Intel Core i5 or higher or equivalent (Windows/Mac) The latest operating systems and applications require advanced processors to be used effectively.
Memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB or higher Memory demands for Windows operating systems will require at least 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory.
Hard drive 250 GB 500 GB or higher Storing class materials on the computer. A backup solution is also strongly recommended for storage.
Web-cam, speakers, microphone Internal    
Headset/ear buds   with built in microphone  
Internet speed 3 Mbps upload/3 Mbps download 3 Mbps upload/3 Mbps download or higher Streaming lecture capture viewing and online exams.
Battery 3 hour minimum   It is suggested that quick charger or extended battery be purchased.
Office 365 Free for all students   See below.
Virus Protection Software Free options available. Click here.   Virus protection software with frequent updates.

*NEW Operating System Updates Notice:
New computer operating systems become available at various times through any given school year. It is in each student’s best interest to verify before updating to a new operating system that all required educational software (exam software for example) is compatible with a new operating system. Sometimes there is a period of time where one must wait to update an operating system in order to continue to be able to complete requirements for class. 

 

Required Plugins and Media Players:

 

Browsers Requirements (Latest Version Required):

Students are highly encouraged to install Firefox and Chrome in addition to the installed browser.

  • Internet Explorer/Edge (PC only)
  • Safari (Mac only)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

 

Internet Requirements:

Connection to the internet (on campus or at home) is essential.
Access to a high speed DSL or better internet connection includes:

  • A minimum broadband connection of 3 Mbps upload and 3Mbps download for viewing lecture captures, simultaneous screen sharing, video and audio conferencing is required of all students.

Your internet connection speed needs to be fast enough to stream video without noticeable buffering, allow for uninterrupted web conferencing (streaming of audio and video) and a constant connection to download files, as needed. Please speak with your internet service provider to make sure your internet connection speed will accommodate these needs, and your router/modem are new enough to handle the required connection speed as well.

 

Test your connectivity level

To test the connectivity level where you will be studying, taking exams, etc., go to http://speedtest.net.

 

Optional Items (may be required - see course syllabi for details):

  • Digital camera, video camera
  • USB flash drive
  • SPSS software (statistical software)
  • Some classes may require web or application services that require a fee

Technical Support

Student Technical Support Information

If you have a technical problem using an application supported by Creighton University, remote technical support is usually handled by a technician over the phone and a request for remote access to the student’s computer may be necessary to diagnose problems. Students grant technicians remote access and are able to watch what the technician is doing while connected on the phone. Before any changes are made to a student’s computer, the technician will explain the change and the reason for the change. The student is responsible for agreeing to allow the change to be made or figuring out a different method or computer to use in order to complete the necessary task with the application, if unwilling to allow changes or remote access to their computer. The student is able to disconnect the remote access at any time and technicians are not able to reconnect a remote session without the student agreeing to the session. Technical support is provided for genuine English-based operating systems.

campus Apple store and support at The ijay

Located on the second floor of the Harper Center, the iJay Store at Creighton University is the only student-run Apple(TM) Authorized Campus Store in the world.  The store offers the must  current Apple MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, and accessories.  For information on technology purchases and the most current special offers, please contact the store at 402.280.4122 or ijay [at] creighton [dot] edu.

free software for students

Office 365

As part of Office 365, faculty, staff, and students receive five (5) free copies of Office 365 to install on personally owned computers.
To access the downloads, sign in and click “Install Now” or from your OWA (http://outlook.office365.com) window, click on the “gear” in the top right hand corner, then select “Office 365” settings.
From there, select “Settings” on the left hand bar. This will install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other Office 365 apps locally.
This is a great benefit for students, as you won’t have to pay to purchase Microsoft Office on your computers.

What you receive:

  • The latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher
  • Installation on up to five PCs or Macs, and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads
  • 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage
  • Office Online