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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 Canvas. 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 Zoom. Some courses/majors may have additional requirements; for example, Software Engineering students must have access to a computer adequate for software development.

Note: Chromebooks, tablets, and iPads/iPhones are NOT recommended for use as primary devices.

Windows-Based Systems
Recommended Configuration
  1. Intel Core i5, i7 and above or AMD Ryzen R5, R7 and above
  2. 8GB RAM or greater
  3. Windows 10
Network Connectivity WiFi and wired capabilities.
Network cables may be purchased at Auxiliary Services.
Web Browser
Firefox or Google Chrome
Antivirus Software Microsoft Defender Antivirus comes standard on Windows 10 and will be enabled automatically if no other active antivirus software is detected. You can also purchase alternative antivirus software online or at your local office supply or electronics store. Microsoft Defender antivirus is compatible with Mercer systems.
Software Microsoft Office is available for free to current students. For more information, visit the Licensed Software website.
Network Access Assistance
For assistance with basic system configurations to establish access to the Mercer network, contact the Mercer IT Help Desk.

Macintosh (Not recommended for Engineering students)
Recommended Configuration
  1. Apple M1, M1 Pro and above
  2. 8GB RAM or greater
  3. Mac OS Big Sur or above
Network Connectivity WiFi supported and wired network adapter recommended
Network cables may be purchased at Auxiliary Services.
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, visit the Licensed Software website.
Network Access Assistance
For assistance with basic system configurations to establish access to the Mercer network, contact the Mercer IT Help Desk.




helpdesk@mercer.edu
(478) 301-7000