2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Laptop Device Standards

Productive technology is an important part of the student’s education and educational experience. As students prepare to access their course(s) on a computer or other electronic device, they need to ensure it meets the standards outlined below.

Note: Academic programs may have additional requirements or standards associated with a course or specific major. Contact the specific program for additional information. Mobile devices including an iPad or iPhone, Android phones, and other tablets do not meet the minimum requirements needed for a productive educational experience at Ensign College.

Hardware

Is the student’s computer too old?

It is recommended students use a computer that’s less than 3 years old. However, if the computer is older, make sure it meets all computer standards.

How much processing power (CPU) does the student’s computer need?

It is recommended students use a 2.0 GHz dual-core processor or greater. (IT students will need a Quad Core processor)

How much memory or RAM does the student’s computer need?

It is recommended students have 4GB RAM or greater. (IT students will need 12 GB Ram minimum). Learn how to check RAM in a Windows computer: https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000149.htm. Learn how to check RAM in a Mac: http://www.macinstruct.com/node/422.

How much available hard drive space should be on a student’s computer?

It is recommended a minimum of 20GB of free space. (IT students will need 500 GB Minimum)

What should my monitor resolution be?

It is recommended a monitor resolution of 1024x768 or greater.

Do students need speakers, headphones or a microphone?

It is recommended students have access to speakers, headphones, and a microphone.

Operating System

What operating system should students use?

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows 10 or higher (recommended)
  • Windows 8 (minimum)

Apple MacOSX

  • MacOSX 10.10 or higher (recommended)
  • MacOSX 10.8 (minimum)

Note: The College does not recommend Chromebook laptops for college use.

Internet Browser

What should the student’s internet speed be?

It is recommended students use 2Mbps or better. Test your current speed: http://www.speedtest.net/

Which internet browsers should students install on their computer?

It is recommended students have at least two of the following items installed:

Google Chrome

  • Version 44 or higher (recommended)
  • Version 40 or higher (minimum)

Mozilla Firefox

  • Version 41 or higher (recommended)
  • Version 37 (minimum)

Internet Explorer

  • Version 11 (minimum)

Microsoft Edge

  • Version 20 or higher (recommended)