New Student Checklist

Preparing a computer for use at the College is fairly straightforward, but take a look at this checklist to make sure you don’t miss a step.

If you’re buying a new computer, consider our recommended laptops and have a look at our buyer’s guide. Alternately, you can bring an older computer and use the first semester to assess your computing needs.

We strongly recommend that all students purchase a copy of Microsoft Office. Discounted pricing is available at the Microsoft Student Store.

Most of the residence halls at the College are wireless, so you aren’t required to have an ethernet cable to connect to the Internet. That being said, if wireless is unavailable, you can frequently use a wired connection so having an ethernet cable available as a backup is a good idea. If you don’t already have one, Monoprice probably has the lowest prices.

Whether it’s the College-provided Symantec Endpoint Protection or an alternative, all students running Windows should use some form of antivirus software. See our antivirus page for more information.

Try our wireless setup tool! If that doesn’t work, check our easy instructions to connect manually or visit us in the Addlestone Library.

To help deter theft and help locate your laptop in the event that it is lost or stolen, register your electronics with Public Safety.