Computer Requirements

The ISU PA Program requires all students to have a laptop prior to courses beginning in the fall semester. Your laptop or tablet PC must meet the following specifications (DO NOT MAKE ANY SUBSTITUTIONS WITHOUT CONTACTING THE PA DEPT. TECHNOLOGY MANAGER AT 208-282-3254):

Operating System: Windows 8, 10 or Mac OS X

  • Note: Due to limited support for Mac devices, we recommend PC over Mac if you are not familiar with Macs and purchasing a new computer. Software used for exams is not compatible with mobile operating systems (Windows RT, Android, Mac iOS), so having a device using this type of operating system is fine as long as you also have a laptop or tablet that runs Windows 8, 10 or Mac OS X.
Mandatory Software (Current Versions):
  • 2013, 2016 or Office 365 (must include Word, Excel, and Powerpoint). Home & Student versions are acceptable.
Note: Educational pricing may be available and lower than the retail price. Be sure to check out the University Bookstore and directly with the Microsoft Store for Education before purchasing Microsoft Office!
Storage Device: USB flash drive 4 Gb or more recommended
Wireless Card: "G" wireless standard (802.11g) card is required
WebCam (recommended): Internal or External
Browser Plugins:

Note: Download applications directly from manufacturers and not from search engine ads to avoid unwanted programs and malware. Watch for additional applications being packaged with downloads. You may want to uncheck these options in order to avoid adding programs you don't want.


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