Listed below are general specification recommendations to consider when making a computer purchase.

If you are planning to purchase a computer or tablet, consider Furman's preferred pricing arrangements with Apple and Dell. In many cases these vendors allow you to buy at a substantial discount.

We've taken a stab at providing computer hardware recommendations for students who are interested in purchasing a computer that will last at least four years.

Hardware needs vary depending upon the operating system. For instance, Windows 8.1+ runs efficiently on less memory than a Windows 7 operating system. The specs listed below are in the upper range and are recommended not required. Use this as a guideline depending upon your particular situation.

Recommended Hardware Specifications
Intel Core i5; AMD Ryzen Mobile 5
8 GB
Operating System
Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.14
Hard Drive
256 GB or Larger  (minimum of 128 GB)
External Backup Drive
1 TB or Larger​
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base-T w/ RJ-45 connection
Wireless Networking
802.11ac with WPA2 Enterprise

Some software purchased by Furman allows an installation on personal computers too. The university also purchases some software from vendors at discounted prices and those vendors sometimes extend discounts to Furman faculty, staff and students.

Below is a partial list of frequently used applications, the price and where to go for the installation. If you have questions about specific software availability telephone the Service Center, x 3277.

Software Options
FU Employees
FU Students
Win Upgrade $25.19 N/A
​Mac Upgrade​
​​Apple ​Free​​ ​Apple Free​
​MS Office
Office 365 version
Office 365 version ​Free
​Offic365 Microsoft​ Discounted ​Microsoft​ ​Free
Sophos (Mac)
System Center Endpoint Protection (PC and Mac)
Installed by FU
​Adobe Adobe​ varies by app ​N/A
​MS Project ​ ​$163.15 ​ ​$163.15
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