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Computers and Technology for College


As an NWACC student, you may have questions regarding the types of computers or technology that can help you complete your college coursework. The following information can offer you a great starting point when deciding what type of computer and technology best fit your needs.
 

Computers Recommended for College

NWACC recommends that students use a Windows desktop or laptop computer. A Mac will also work fine for most classes. Chromebooks are not recommended because they are not compatible with software required for some classes.

The best technology for you will depend on several factors, including your budget and the classes you will be taking. For most students, a basic Windows computer will work. Be sure to read more information below regarding special technology that some degrees may require.

If you need to purchase a computer for college, the following computer specifications are ideal for researching, typing papers, composing email, and other common tasks.

Computer Specifications

Component Good Better Best
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10
RAM 4 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Hard Drive 128 GB
SSD Preferred

256 GB
SSD Preferred

512 GB
SSD Preferred

 

Technology for College

  • Webcam: A webcam is recommended to participate in remote or online class activities. A webcam is built into most laptops, and may be purchased as an accessory if you have a desktop computer.

  • Internet: You will need to have internet access, which may be in your home, a local library, at an NWACC location, or using WIFI at other locations in your community.
     
  • Special software: Some classes will have specific technology that you will need for that class – special software or other items. Courses that require certain hardware or software will disclose that in the course notes on the schedule of classes each semester.

 

Specific Programs

Some college programs will require a specific type of computer to work with software and other computer peripherals. If you plan on enrolling in one of the programs listed below, be sure to view the recommended computer specifications.   

RAM 8 GB
Storage 1 TB
Graphic Needs Full 1920 X 108060Hz refresh

RAM 8 GB (minimum, more would be better)
Storage 500 GB
Graphic Needs NA

RAM 8 GB
Storage 500 GB
Graphic Needs 1080P + screen rezGPU: Nvidia GTX 1050+ Dedicated VRAM 2GB
 

 

Shopping & Paying for a Computer / Technology

There are many places where you can purchase technology. These include stores in your local community, and online vendors. Shop around for the best deals using the specifications given above.

Feel free to also shop at NWACC's Dell storefront or at the NWACC Bookstore. The Dell storefront offers financing, and you can use your book credit at the NWACC Bookstore.