University of Southern Indiana

Bringing a Computer

Computer Recommendations:

If you want to bring your own computer to campus, you can bring a PC or a Mac, either will work on our campus network. Any modern computer should be sufficient, and you can use the recommendations below to help make your decision.


  • Processor:
    Intel Core i3      ( i5 preferred, i7 optional)
    Ryzen 3     (Ryzen 5 preferred, Ryzen 7 optional)
  • Memory: 6GB     (8GB Recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB  (Solid State drives recommended **)
     **Solid State drives increase the speed and durability of computers and are highly recommended.

Network Interface Card

Desktop: 10/100/1G Ethernet card - This is required for direct network connection from residence halls.
Laptop: 10/100 Mb Ethernet port and a wireless Ethernet card, you can use either.  Nearly every modern laptop has a wireless card sufficient for connecting to the university wireless network, but to connect via ethernet many machines may require a USB (or USB-C, or Thunderbolt) – Ethernet Adapter. 

Operating System

PC Windows 8.1  (Windows 10 recommended)    OR
Mac OS X 10.11 or newer


  • If living in USI Housing - You should also buy an Ethernet (Cat-5e) cable.  Wired is more reliable and more secure.
  • USB Flash Drive 8 GB (or more).  This is not entirely necessary - as we have OneDrive - cloud storage.


  • Antivirus Software - Some form of up-to-date antivirus software is strongly recommended.

You do NOT need to buy Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, OneNote, Outlook) as it is available in all computer labs and web versions are available. 

Students can download the full version of Microsoft Office through the MyUSI portal.

If you are a resident student, you can use our high-speed Ethernet connection to connect to the USI's network and access Internet right from your room. USI provides both wired and wireless Internet access.

If you should have any questions regarding these services, please contact our Help Desk at (812) 465-1080 or contact us via email by clicking the link in the top right.

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