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Computer Requirements for Students

SUNY Geneseo requires all students to bring a Windows or Macintosh laptop computer to Geneseo.

Minimum and Recommended Windows and Macintosh Laptop Configurations

Minimum Configurations for Windows and Macintosh Computers

Operating System: Windows 10 /  macOS X 10.12 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 10.13

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


Additional Considerations

Antivirus Software (Windows): Microsoft Windows Defender or commercial product

Apple Authorized Resellers: 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

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

Dongles and Adapters: An HDMI adapter, depending on the laptop, may be necessary in order to give presentations or connect to external monitors and classroom projectors.

Network: Integrated Ethernet connection/compatible network adapters and 25 foot Ethernet cable for on-campus residents. Wireless network card (802.11 n/ac) for use across campus.

Office Suite: Microsoft Office 365 (available for FREE to Geneseo students from

Operating System: Student computers must be able to run a full version of macOS 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 with wireless capability are not allowed on campus.  These printers have a severe negative impact on the entire campus wireless network.  Personal printers must be directly cabled to a computer.

Helpful Links

Application: Laptop Loan for Financially Disadvantaged Students

Policy: Student Notebook Requirement

Reference: SUNY Geneseo Notebook Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Reference: Get Connected! Resources for Campus Residents

Reference: Wireless Network