BHSU encourages new students to bring a laptop of their own to campus. A desktop computer is acceptable; however, a laptop allows mobility. This gives the students the capability to be connected from any location on campus. Wireless Internet access is available in common areas of the Student Union, Jonas Hall, Meier Hall, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, and the Residence Halls.

Technology has been decreasing in price and has become more affordable. It is now possible to purchase a computer, which will remain functional for your entire college career, at a cost of less than $1,000. When shopping for a computer, keep in mind that any computer meeting the optimal configuration will work well for doing homework and accessing the Internet. A student whose major area of study will be on the Macintosh platform should consider a Mac as a suitable personal computer. A representative from Network & Computing Services will be happy to discuss requested computing needs and current market pricing.

Computers that are connected to the BHSU network are required to have a licensed copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac OS X, with the latest operating system patches / service packs and up-to-date antivirus software. Antivirus software is provided at no extra cost to BHSU students. 

Computers with the following operating systems are not allowed to connect to the network: Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and earlier. Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and Linux distributions are allowed with their latest patches, but may not be fully supported. Also, please note that, though supported for network access, not all University applications have been tested for compatibility with the Windows 7 platform. 

The University Bookstore offers special pricing on laptops and desktops that meet the requirements for BHSU. Application software such as MS Office Professional and Adobe products are also available at discounts of up to 80% off the retail price. For more information on these offers, contact the University Bookstore at 605.642.6280 or visit

The current standard software installation at BHSU is Windows XP SP3 with Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise. 

BHSU Student Hardware / Software Recommendations 

Minimal Configuration Optimal Configuration
2.8 GHz Processor 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor or better
80 GB Hard Drive 160 GB Hard Drive or greater
1024 MB Ram (1GB) 4096 MB Ram (4 GB) or greater
Windows XP Pro w/ Service Pack 3 Operating System Windows 7 Operating System
Microsoft Office 2007 Microsoft Office 2007

If you have any questions, please contact the BHSU Help Desk at 605.642.6580 or  

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