Hardware Standards

The Information Technology department provides computers to faculty, staff, and student workers.  Faculty and staff computers are replaced on a regular cycle.  Computers for student workers are replaced as machines become available.

Computer Hardware Standards for Faculty and Staff

The college's current standards have been carefully chosen because of their power, flexibility, quality, ability to meet a wide variety of campus needs, and value for the money. These are models the IT staff can effectively troubleshoot, obtain replacement parts, and for which the college maintains service agreements. The college computing standards change frequently in order to keep up with technological and industry changes, college needs, and product availability.

At present, Beloit College purchases Dell and Apple desktop and laptop computers. Following are the hardware standards for machines currently purchased by IT.

  • i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive

Recommended Computer Hardware for Students

Students are not required to bring a computer to college. Computers for student use are available in several locations on campus, including Morse Library, the lab in Pearsons, and a number of department-specific computer labs. If a student chooses to bring a personal computer, Beloit College makes the following minimum hardware suggestions:

  • i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive

Students should check with the department of their major to see if there are additional computing requirements for that major. (Note that the Beloit College IT department does not directly support any personally owned computing devices.)

In addition to the hardware recommendations, student computers must have an up to date operating system and active anti-virus software.  More information about device registration, campus wireless, and other topics can be found here.