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Mercer University recommends that all computers purchased for student use meet the following criteria in order to be compatible with university networks. Students may purchase computers through the retail venue of their choice. Special student rates are available on certain computers from select retailers; for more information see Student Discounts.

Distance learning courses are delivered synchronously and asynchronously via video web conferencing applications and online learning applications such as Blackboard, Moodle, or Collaborate. High-speed internet access is recommended for all distance learning students. Some courses will require that students have access to headphones, speakers, microphones, and/or webcams for use with web conferencing applications such as Collaborate and WebEx. Some courses/majors may have additional requirements; for example, Software Engineering students must have access to a computer adequate for software development.


Windows-Based Systems
Recommended Configuration
  1. Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 CPU
  2. 8GB (or more) RAM
  3. Windows 7, 8, or 10
Network Card
A wired and/or wireless network card. (Network cables may be purchased at Auxiliary Services.)
Network Configuration
Systems must have TCP/IP installed with configuration set to automatically obtain IP address from Mercer’s DHCP server
Web Browser
Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome.
Antivirus Software
Visit our Antivirus Software page for links to free antivirus programs.
Software
Microsoft Office is available for free to current students. For more information, see Free Software.
Network Access Assistance
Mercer employees and students are available to assist with basic system configurations to establish access to the Internet. Dial 478-301-7000 in Macon or 678-547-8989 in Atlanta for assistance with network access.

Macintosh
Recommended Configuration
  1. 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU
  2. 4GB (or more) RAM
  3. Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
Network Card and Cable
A wired and/or wireless network card. (Network cables may be purchased at Auxiliary Services.)
Network Configuration
Systems must have TCP/IP installed with configuration set to automatically obtain IP address from Mercer’s DHCP server
Web Browser
Firefox or Google Chrome.
Antivirus Software
Visit our Antivirus Software page for links to free antivirus programs.
Software
Microsoft Office is available for free to current students. For more information, see Free Software.
Network Access Assistance
Mercer employees and students are available to assist with basic system configurations to establish access to the Internet. Dial 478-301-7000 in Macon or 678-547-8989 in Atlanta for assistance with network access.




helpdesk@mercer.edu
(478) 301-7000 . (678) 547-8989