Laptop Requirements | Methodist College

Laptop Requirements

Each student entering Methodist College is required to own a laptop. The reasons behind the policy are many; but just like textbooks, attendance in class, and appropriate study time, a laptop has been deemed to be critical to a student's success. Since Methodist College may offer computer checks to help ensure your laptop/notebook meets the minimum specifications, watch college communication resources for times and places.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

Please make sure all drivers on your laptop are up to date prior to any exam. Prior to updating any operating system (OS) be sure to verify that Examsoft has a software release supporting the new OS. Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported provided they have an Intel CPU. Non-pro Surface devices are NOT supported. No Chrome Books, iPads, or Android Tablets are supported.


Laptop/Notebook  Specifications
CPU Intel Core i5 (or AMD Equivalent) or better. Devices with Microsoft SQ series chips and Qualcomm CPU's will not support necessary software. MacBooks with any Intel CPU or "M" series Apple Silicon CPU are ok. 
RAM 8GB or more preferred
Hard Drive Space 256 GB or greater
Display  11 inches or larger
Screen Resolution 1024x768 or higher
Wireless 802.11 g/n/ac
Internet Connection Off campus internet connection not below 8mbps upload and download
Operating System Windows 10 or 11 are required. Must be update level 2004, 20H2, 21H1 or higher for Windows 10. 
Mac OS X 10.15 is required for Macs. 
For Support Working USB, newer devices may require an adaptor
Adobe Reader Acrobat Reader DC or Equivalent PDF reader 
Microsoft Office  MS Office 365 can be attained,  free of charge
through the college.  It can be accessed by logging in to with your student email account.
Webcam Functioning Web Cam will be required for many classes and all testing software

While the Methodist College IT Department cannot provide direct technical support for student laptops, they can answer questions regarding laptop requirements or college technology resources (college email, college username or password issues, CAMS, D2L, Examsoft, or ATI).

If you need IT assistance please submit an IT ticket.  The Methodist College IT Department is staffed Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30pm.  Any requests submitted outside of these hours will be handled the next business day. For urgent support of Unity Point user accounts, the Unity Point Help Desk is available 24x7 at 800-681-2060. 
Submit an IT ticket