Students enrolled at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are required to have a laptop computer in order to complete course requirements. If you already have a laptop and want to continue using it at Harrisburg University, please be aware of our minimum requirements for network connectivity.
There may be additional degree program software requirements. Check with your advisor or program director for more information before you make any laptop purchasing decisions.
Minimum HU Network Requirements
- Processor: 1.6 GHz or greater (Multi-core CPUs may have lower speed rating)
- Operating System: Click to view supported operating systems
- RAM: 1 GB or greater
- Hard Drive: 80 GB or greater
- Wireless: 802.11 G or N
- Video Card: 16 MB Accelerated 3D
- Network: 10/100 Ethernet Network Interface Card
- Security Software with current definitions: Click to view supported security applications
Any class that involves Adobe Connect will require the user’s network maintain a minimum 5 mb upload and download speed to avoid issues. Mobile devices are not supported for Adobe Connect sessions. Use of mobile devices does not allow your attendance to be captured.
In addition to hardware requirements, users must have administrative rights or a permission level allowing the installation and configuration of software/system settings. If you are using a work or school laptop without such permissions, please discuss the Security Software requirements mentioned above with your system administrator.
Your current operating system and security software configuration can be tested off campus by clicking this link: Security Test Scan. This test will inform you of any issues that need remedied for a successful network registration.
Connecting to the Internet
Harrisburg University provides Internet access to students who have registered their laptops with the university. Instructions for connecting to the Internet and registering your computer are located at the following link: Wireless Network Authentication
Acceptable Use Policy
All HU students must comply with our Policies. These policies explain rights and responsibilities as a member of the HU computing environment. By connecting to the wireless network at HU you are bound to the Acceptable Use Policy.
Purchasing Your Laptop
You are free to purchase the laptop of your choice (as long it meets the minimum requirements above.) As a courtesy, Harrisburg University has also selected laptops that meet our minimum network requirements. Please note, our listing of these machines does not serve as a product endorsement. You can purchase these machines through Harrisburg University’s CDW-G page.
There are two options to pay for your laptop:
- Self-finance (credit card, debit card, check, 3rd party lease, etc.)
- Financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services or 717.901.5101
Warranties, service, and support for your laptop is provided by your computer’s manufacturer. Please keep this in mind as you select a laptop.
If you questions about HU’s laptop program or overall computing environment, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk or call at 717-901-5177