Recommended Technology for Students

Whether you’ll be using an existing computer or plan on buying a new one, here are technology recommendations that will help you be successful at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Suggested Minimum Computer Requirements

Technical specifications for Windows users are:

  • Windows 10
  • Must be able to run the current version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer/Microsoft Edge or Safari
  • Intel "I" series processor or AMD equivalent
  • 4GB of Memory minimum, 8GB recommended
  • 128GB Solid State HardDrive, 256GB or higher recommended
  • Webcam with mic
  • USB Headset/mic combo
  • Broadband internet (satellite internet excluded)

Technical specifications for Mac users are:

  • Mac OS X 10.15 or Higher
  • Must be able to run the current version of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari
  • Intel "I" series processor or Apple processor equivalent
  • 4GB of Memory minimum, 8GB recommended
  • 128GB Solid State HardDrive, 256GB or higher recommended
  • Webcam with mic
  • USB Headset/mic combo
  • Broadband internet (satellite internet excluded)
  • Mac users should be advised that there could be inconsistencies and compatibility issues with some programs.

Internet Connectivity

To connect to the Internet from off campus you must have hardware that allows physical connectivity and an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Hardware for Connectivity

The most common hardware connections are:

  • Cable Modem Connection

    A cable modem connection is usually faster than a telephone connection. However, as more and more people on the same circuit connect, individual speeds decline. You don't need to subscribe to cable TV to use this connection, but you do need the physical wire.

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Connection

    A digital subscriber line allows you to use your phone and be online at the same time. The connection uses your existing phone line, separating voice signals from high-speed data. It isn't available in all areas, however. While generally more expensive than other connection types, its speed and convenience make it a viable option.

  • Satellite Connection

    Satellite internet can be used as a last resort, but due to high latency it is not recommended.

Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Begin your search for an ISP by checking to see what local services are available or search online.

Campus Email Account - GrizMail

When you register for classes, a campus email account will be created for you. This email address will be used for all official correspondence from your instructors and the University.

Basic Computer Skills

You should be comfortable with word processing and have some experience using the Internet and email. Signing onto an Internet Service Provider (ISP) a few months before the semester begins will give you time to practice using the Internet and email.

Students who wish to print online resources will need access to a printer.

Some courses may require you to have access to a word processing package such as Microsoft Word or another product compatible with it, a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel, a database package such as Microsoft Access and a presentation package such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Students have access to Office 365 for Education through their student email. The software included is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync and InfoPath. The student may use the software on the web or utilize up to five (5) licenses available to them by downloading the Microsoft Office software to five (5) personal devices.

Other courses may have additional requirements, such as mathematics which may require a calculator.

Acceptable Use Policies

Users of Missouri State University-West Plains information technology resources are expected to know and abide by the University's acceptable use policies.