Computer Requirements for Students

Computer Requirements for Students

SUNY Geneseo requires students bring a laptop computer to Geneseo.

Minimum Configurations for Windows and Macintosh Computers

Operating System: Windows 8.1 Basic Edition /  MacOS X 10.10 or higher
* Windows XP computers are not permitted on the campus network

Storage : at least 256Gb


Recommended Configuration for New Purchases

Operating System: Windows 10  / MacOS X 10.11

Storage: a Solid State Drive ( SSD ) with at least 256Gb


Students, take care of your technology investments! Be sure to purchase Apple products from Apple Authorized Resellers and seek in-warranty service from Authorized Service Providers. The closest Apple repair location to Geneseo is the Apple Store at Eastview Mall. 

Antivirus Software (Windows): Microsoft Security Essentials or commercial product

Backup: BOTH an external hard drive configured for automatic backup and the Google Drive app configured to sync with the student's campus account

Network: Integrated Ethernet connection/compatible network adapters and 25 foot ethernet cable for on-campus residents. Wireless network card (802.11 A/B/G/N/AC) for use in academic buildings, the Library, and student gathering areas.

Office Suite: Microsoft Office (available for FREE to Geneseo students from

Operating System: Student computers must be able to run a full version of Mac OS or Microsoft Windows in order to meet the variety of software needs they will encounter.  Other operating systems such as Chrome OS are insufficient to satisfy the laptop requirement.

Personal Printers: Personal printers must be directly connected to your laptop via USB. SUNY Geneseo does not allow or support wifi printers. These printers actively interfere with the campus wireless network, diminishing wireless performance for all users in the immediate area.


Application: Laptop Loan for Financially Disadvantaged Students

Policy: Student Notebook Requirement

Reference: Frequently Asked Questions

Reference: Get Connected! Resources for Campus Residents

Reference: Wireless Network