Student Computer Recommendations

Windows-based Laptops

  • Intel or AMD multi-core processor
  • Minimum of 3 gigabyte RAM
  • Minimum 100 gigabyte hard drive
  • DVD/CD-RW drive
  • Graphics media accelerator Intel 4500 MHD or X45HD equivalent or better
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system
  • Microsoft Office 2010 with PowerPoint
  • Anti-virus software – **Provided

Macintosh Laptops

  • Intel multi-core processor
  • Minimum of 3 gigabyte RAM
  • Minimum 100 gigabyte hard drive
  • DVD/CD-RW drive
  • Mac Operating System 10 (OS X) or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011

**The College provides free Avast anti-virus software for Windows-based computers. For all computers, students should bring the original manufacturer’s CD that came with their computers.

Although Netbooks, Chromebooks and iPad-like computing devices provide enhanced portability and functionality, they may not be able to meet all of the computing needs of a student. If you choose to purchase one of these devices, it should be viewed as a supplemental device to one of the recommended computers.

Office 365 for Students

Lynchburg College’s Office of Information Technology & Resources, in a partnership with Microsoft, is giving each currently enrolled student access to full-versions of Microsoft Office and Office Mobile for FREE! This can be installed simultaneously on 5 devices and is available for PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.

Depending on your operating system, here’s what Office includes:

  • Office on your PC includes Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.
  • Office on your Mac includes Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

Please email the ITR Help Desk () with your request to have an account set up.

This software is only valid for actively enrolled students of Lynchburg College.

For additional information, contact Information Technology and Resources at 434.544.8350.

While Lynchburg College does have some computers for sale in the Campus Store, the College does not endorse any computer company or brand.