Laptop Minimum Hardware Requirements

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Laptop Minimum System Specifications for Students

Make sure you arrive at MCLA with everything you need to get connected to the internet as easily as possible. Most laptop computers purchased within the last few years will connect to our network without any problems. However, if you are looking to purchase a laptop computer or bring one from home, you should check out our minimum system specifications.

Laptop Computers

PC Laptops
  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
OS Windows 7 or higher Windows 10
Processor Intel Core i3 or equivalent Intel Core i5 or better*
Memory 2 GB 4 GB or more
Wired Network Card 10/100 baseT Ethernet 10/100 baseT Ethernet
Wireless Network Adapter 802.11b/g Integrated 802.11a/b/g
Removable Storage Optical Drive USB Flash drive or Hard Drive
Hard Drive 80 GB hard drive space 120 GB hard drive space or larger


Apple Laptops

OS Mac OS 10.9 or higher Mac OS 10.10
Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 or better
Memory 2 GB 4 GB or higher
Wired Network Card 10/100 baseT Ethernet 10/100 baseT Ethernet
Wireless Network Adapter 802.11b/g Integrated 802.11a/b/g
Removable Storage Optical Drive USB Flash Drive or Hard Drive
Hard Drive 80 GB hard drive space 120 GB hard drive space or larger


  • You will also need an RJ-45 cable to connect the computer to our network. These are similar to phone cables in appearance, and can be purchased as the college's bookstore or 'computer superstores'. Ask for an "Ethernet cable" of at least 10 feet.
  • All MCLA students are eligible to receive Microsoft software through E-Academy at a considerable discount. Microsoft Office is the standard productivity suite at MCLA.

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office 2016 Professional
  • Anti Virus Software

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