Computer Recommendations

Any student at RCTC in a remote learning mode, such as online course, hybrid, or HyFlex will need access to technology in the form of a laptop or desktop system as well as internet access to effectively participate in their courses and do homework from an off-campus location.

Computing Requirements

Minimum Computing Requirements

Computer*Windows or Mac laptop or desktop
Operating SystemWindows 10 or MacOS 10.15 Catalina (supported OS within the last 2 years)
ProcessorIntel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
Memory8GB or larger
Storage Drive Capacity256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger
Network/Wi-FiWireless network card for WiFi access
Remote CollaborationWeb camera, speakers (or headphones) and microphone
Supported BrowsersChrome, FireFox, Safari, Microsoft Edge

*Please note: Chromebooks are not recommended as there have been compatibility issues reported from students and instructors. If you use your SmartPhones and some tablets as your primary learning device, you will encounter limitations. Homework assignments and other activities may not be doable on these devices.

Student Discounts: Most manufacturers will offer student academic pricing on both the purchase of a new computer and when purchasing software, so be sure to ask for an academic discount to help save money!

Office365 is part of your fees: as a student at RCTC you will be able to download Microsoft Office 365 for using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. and purchasing it separately will NOT be required.