• Processor: Dual-core processor or better

  • Memory/RAM: 4 gigabytes or more

  • Hard Drive: 250 gigabytes or larger

  • Headset: required for Adobe Connect synchronous meetings. USB headset preferred. 


  • Several USB flash drives for transporting, transferring and backing up your files

  • External Hard drive which meets or exceeds your hard drive capacity (for backups)

Required Network Access

  • Internet access: Broadband speed (DSL or cable)

Required Software

Operating System Software:

  • Windows: Windows 7 or newer preferred

  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer preferred 

Office Suite Software:

  • Windows: Microsoft Office 2013 preferred but 2010 is acceptable

  • Macintosh: Microsoft Office 2011 preferred but 2008 is acceptable

  • Tool to read and create PDFs: e.g., CutePDF Writer, PDFCreator, or Adobe Acrobat Reader

Antivirus Software:

  • Symantec Antivirus software is available FREE to ESU students via (click on Students > Software > Symantec Anti-Virus for Home Use; you will be prompted to log in using your ESU credentials–be sure to precede your ESU username with “esuad\“)

Other Recommendations

  • Netbooks and tablets typically do not have the processing power of a standard laptop or desktop computer, so they are not recommended.

  • Choose a laptop or desktop which has USB ports and audio jacks that are easily accessible.

  • Use a backup program such as Windows Backup or Mac OS Time Machine with an external hard drive to ensure file recovery in the event of a system malfunction.

  • Plug your computer into a surge protector or uninterruptible power supply.

  • See our recommendations for safe browsing to avoid viruses and trojans (because even antivirus software doesn’t catch everything).

  • Take the Online Learning Readiness Survey. As a blended program, SLIM coursework involves both face-to-face time and significant online coursework. The Online Student Readiness Survey is provided by eLearning Services. It will provide you with a score that reflects your readiness for online learning in several areas. We recommend that prospective students who score medium to low in any of the survey areas investigate resources provided by the survey or contact the local MLS Program director in their area for information about how they can become better prepared for online learning.

Please contact SLIM TechCircle Support at, if you have any questions about SLIM’s technology requirements.