For New Students

Technology at Clarion University
(Student Orientation Information)

Welcome to Clarion University. As a new or future student there are many questions you have as you enter this important chapter in your life. Our goal in this section is to offer you some important information on technology here at Clarion as well as answer any questions you may have related to the use of technology (i.e. computer requirements, software programs, computer services offered, FAQs, where to go for help, and much more).

Computer Accounts

You access many of the computing resources at the university via the individual computer accounts that we issue to you upon your enrollment at the university. For an overview of these accounts and a full set of instructions on how to initialize your personal Clarion accounts, please see our Start-up Guide for New Student Computer Accounts page.

Computing Resources

Computer Hardware

The choice between desktop, laptops, or netbook style systems is more of a matter of mobility and personal choice than price. However, laptops seem to be the preferred choice for function and portability.

Below are some recommended "minimum" system requirements for PC or MAC computer platforms.

Windows Based Computers Macintosh/Apple Computers
Operating System/OS Windows 7 or higher (i.e. Win 8) Operating System/OS 10.6x "Snow Leopard" or higher
 Processor/CPU  2.3 GHz Duel Core or higher  Processor/CPU  2.0 GHz or higher
 Memory/RAM  2 GB or higher Memory/RAM  2 GB or higher
 Hard Drive  160 GB or higher  Hard Drive  160 GB or higher
 CD/DVD Drive  Built-in  CD/DVD Drive  Built-in
 Ethernet/NIC  Built-in  Ethernet/NIC  Built-in
 Wireless  Built-in  Wireless  Built-in
 USB  USB - 2.0  USB  USB - 2.0

Purchase Resources and guidelines:

A. Computing Services recommends purchasing from major computer manufacturers such as Lenovo, Apple, Dell, HP etc. These computers typically have better warranty support in case you need repairs.One key component when purchasing a new computer is to buy the best warranty option you can afford. Note: most major laptop manufacturers offer warranty programs referred to as "Drop Insurance". This provides warranty replacement if unit is dropped or otherwise damaged. Each manufacturer is different so please inquire with them directly.

B. Clarion University has a purchasing agreement with special pricing from Dell and a local retailer - CSTech.

C. Apple Computer also offers education discounts at their Apple Education Store. NOTE: The Mac Book Air does not have a built-in Ethernet card and will only be able to connect in wireless locations.

Computer Service Options:

If you find you need some help or have some questions on computers the below information will be helpful:

Computer Related Help How to get assistance
  • Residence Hall Students (comprehensive technology support for students living in the residence halls)
  • Contact the ResNet office in Basement of Givan Hall
  • General questions on campus computing or McAfee installations
  • Contact the Center for Computing Services - Help Desk in 107 Becht Hall

Computer Software

Most students will need software for word processing, spreadsheets, and browsing the web. We recommend purchasing the Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Works is not equivalent and is not supported on campus. *Students are required to have anti-virus software installed on their computers when connecting to the university's network, wired or wireless. Enrolled students can download McAfee Anti-virus software from the Computing Services website at no cost. Click on the name of the software title below to obtain more information, to download or link to specific information about the software product.

Software Title Platform Cost Additional Information
McAfee Anti-Virus PC/MAC Free Available for currently enrolled students
Microsoft Office PC/MAC $69.95 + tax Discount pricing @ Clarion University Book Store
Mathematica PC/MAC Free Available for currently enrolled students
Jupiter Drive PC/MAC Free Data storage
Filezilla PC/MAC Free FTP Utility

Technology Related FAQs

Q: What e-mail does the university use?
A: Clarion now has a new student e-mail service called "Eagle Mail".  This new service is being provided in partnership with Microsoft as part of their Live@Edu service.

Q: What type of computers does the university require?
A: The university does not have a minimum system requirement but for further information please visit our section on "computers" above.

Q: Do I need anything for my computer when I come to campus?
A: If you are staying in one of the residence halls you should bring an Ethernet Cable "CAT 6" of sufficient length for you needs. This will allow you to connect to the internet when in your room.  These cables can be purchased from many local and national retail stores.

Q: Does the building (residence hall) I'm living in have wireless available?
A: Non-suite buildings have some wireless in the main lobby/lab areas (except Nair Building); however both
suite buildings (Campus View & Valley View) have wireless throughout the building. However, for
information on Reinhard Village.

Q: Can students have wireless routers in their residence hall rooms?
A: No, due to security concerns wireless routers are not permitted in residence rooms.

Last Updated 6/21/16