Student Technology Requirements

All students are required to bring a laptop computer to school to use for their academic needs. It is important that each student have a recent computer that is capable of using the kind of applications and web services that our teachers will be expecting for classroom work. We understand that student computers will also hold many personal pictures, movies, and other applications as well. All computers brought by students should be less than four years old. This will ensure that they can run the most recent operating system updates and software applications that our faculty will plan to use.

St. Andrew’s is a fully authorized Apple repair facility and can perform warranty and non-warranty work on all Apple products. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to use Apple laptops such as the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Laptop computers from other manufacturers are also welcome on campus, and we can coordinate repair and service on those machines as well. They simply take some additional time to ship and receive from the manufacturer’s repair facility. The Technology Department does not recommend Chromebooks or Linux-based systems at this time, due to some School software and campus printing being unavailable on these platforms.

Questions? Visit our Student Technology FAQ page for more information.

Recommended Minimum Laptop Specifications

Apple Macintosh

Models

MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

Requirements

OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" or newer, 4GB of RAM

Recommendations

Hard drive (default size is fine, but more space is always better), Wired ethernet port adapter (strongly recommended for use when campus WiFi is not available or to relieve occasional campus WiFi congestion)

Other suggested peripherals

USB thumb drive, USB external hard drive (for backing up your important data) Apple ThunderBolt or DisplayPort to VGA adaptor (15-pin VGA connection for connecting to various in-classroom projector systems where necessary)

Software

The standard software suite on a Mac will be fine. Students may choose to download Microsoft Office for free if they wish to use the Office suite of applications. This process is available once they come to St. Andrew's and are connected to our network. Students should be using the latest version of the web browser of their choice: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

Windows-Compatible Computers

Brands

Almost any brand of PC laptop will be compatible with St. Andrew's resources, but we suggest Dell or Lenovo for their superior repair service. We are also hoping to have Dell in-house repair options in the near future that will be similar to our existing Apple agreement.

Requirements

Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10, 4GB of RAM, WiFi capability (802.11b/g/n - 802.11ac recommended)

Recommendations

Hard drive (default size is fine, but more space is always better), wired ethernet port (strongly recommended for use when campus WiFi is not available or to relieve occasional campus WiFi congestion)

Software

The standard suite of software that ships with the computer will be sufficient along with a strong anti-virus package from a recognized brand (MacAfee, AVG, Kaspersky, Avira). Students may choose to download Microsoft Office for free if they wish to use the Office suite of applications. This process is available once they come to St. Andrew's and are connected in to our network.

Warranty Coverage Recommendations

We highly recommend purchasing an extended warranty plan for your laptop. You can usually purchase an extended warranty when you buy your laptop, either online or at a retail store. Apple offers a free limited warranty for the first year, but we recommend purchasing AppleCare at the time of purchase due to the extended repair coverage it offers. AppleCare is available for up to three years and covers most non-accidental issues that may arise.

However, accidental damage is not typically covered by AppleCare or a manufacturer's warranty. Because of potential accidental damage or loss, we also strongly suggest accidental laptop insurance. For example, the computer at left had coffee spilled into it. Repairs like this typically cost around $600 to $800. St. Andrew's has formed a partnership with Student Insurance Partners/Worth Ave. Group, and for a small premium, your student's laptop computer and other personal electronics (smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, etc.) will be covered in the event of accidental damage, fire, theft, and other issues. Arrangements for accidental laptop insurance can be made directly with Worth Ave. Group via: https://my.worthavegroup.com/standrewsde

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