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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). 

 

Student 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.

 

Student Computing Resources

 

Computer Hardware

Computer Software

Computer Service Options

 

Wireless Network

E-Mail

Learning Management System

 

Residence Hall ("ResNet")

Printing

Computer Labs

 

Safe Computing

Usernames & Passwords

Computing Services

 

 

FAQs

Purchasing Resources & Guidelines



 

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 Dell. Special pricing can be obtained by going to: http://www.csonline.net/clarionuniv/students/

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 Wilkinson Hall

General questions on campus computing  or McAfee installations

Contact the Center for Computing Services - Help Desk in G-13  Still Building (basement).




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 can purchase MS Office from our Clarion University Store (at a reduced rate) or local retail outlets. *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 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 please contact them directly at http://www.clarion.edu/162257/

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.