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Minimal Computer Requirements

To make sure you can complete your KCTCS assignments online, a newer model PC is best. In most cases, a Mac can work, but some courses use software that is not compatible. Chromebooks also are not compatible with many course requirements.  

A mobile phone or tablet can be used to check your email and announcements, but these devices alone usually are not the best for completing most coursework.

If you plan to enroll in courses like CAD, GIS, 3D modeling, video editing, etc. we recommend that you have a computer with the minimum preferred specs (see below). If you’re unsure of the requirements, please contact your instructor or your college’s IT Department before purchasing a device.

Recommended Technology Specs1

 
Hardware Minimum Preferred
Processor Intel Core i3 or higher Intel Core i5 or higher
Memory 8GB or higher 16GB or higher
Disk 256 GB Solid State 256 GB Solid State or higher
Camera Integrated or standalone webcam Integrated or standalone webcam
Peripherals Speakers and microphone2 Speakers and microphone2
Operating System Windows 10 or MacOS3 Windows 10 or MacOS3
Network Wireless (802.11g/n/ac)
Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless (802.11g/n/ac)
Gigabit Ethernet
Internet Speed Minimum 3.0 Mbps (up/down)4 Minimum 5.0 Mbps (up/down)4
Software Microsoft Office 365 + any additional course required applications5 Microsoft Office 365 + any additional course required applications5

1If purchasing a new computer, it is recommended that you verify the warranty provided is sufficient for your needs.  Warranties vary from as little as 6 months to multi-year.  It is recommended that a minimum of 1 year warranty be included with the computer.

2Built-in speakers and microphone are usually standard on newer laptops.  Add-on earbuds or headsets with a microphone will produce a higher quality experience when participating in live or recorded classes and materials.

3The operating system should be kept up to date with the most recent updates for the best experience.

4These speeds are assuming a dedicated internet connection with no other devices in use, or streaming, on your network.  If you are unsure of your current speed, you can visit a site such as https://fast.com to run a test while connected to your network.

5All KCTCS students are eligible for a free license of Microsoft Office 365 applications.