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Requirements at a Glance:

Students enrolling at Concordia must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. An acceptable device is one that has connectivity on a high-speed internet network, is capable of running a supported operating system (specifics listed below), is capable of running university core applications, and features both a webcam and microphone. Most devices sold within the last two years will meet these requirements. Chromebooks do not meet this requirement as they do not have a supported operating system.

Hardware Requirements

Standard Operating System:  Officially supported  Microsoft Windows or Apple IOS.  Operating systems that are no longer supported by Microsoft or Apple are no longer recommended.   Android is not a standard supported operating system.  Thus, Chromebooks do not meet the necessary requirements.

Core CSP Software To Which Your Computer Needs to Be Compatible

Software Requirements On The Computer

  • Microsoft Office Suite: Provided by Concordia; Can be installed on up to five different devices per student. Programs include: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.  Sign up for Microsoft Office Suite here for free!
  • Anti-Virus: Concordia requires that students have a valid anti-virus program installed on their device. It is highly recommended that students do not purchase anti-virus software but rather
    use the free Microsoft Security Essentials from http://windows.microsoft.com/enus/windows/security-essentials-download

Communication Accessories

  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Headset

Internet Speed Requirements

All students need internet speed capable of running CSP core software including Blackboard Collaborate, Google Hangouts Meet, Gmail/Google Drive, and Respondus Monitor.  There are many variables that come into play with internet speed including the ISP, the router/wireless access point you are using, the wireless card in the device you are utilizing.  Most applications currently recommend 10 Mbps.  Google has a good preparing your network document for Google Hangouts Meet which can be helpful in preparing your connection (Link).

Additional Core CSP Software For Faculty/Staff To Which Your Computer Needs to Be Compatible

Last Day This Page Was Updated

This page was last updated on April 6, 2020.