Quick Answers: Student Computers
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This is our most often asked question by parents and the most difficult to answer. The fast changing nature of the computer industry changes what a "good" computer is weekly. Most computers you see on the market today will be adequate for use at the University. The real trick is purchasing one that will fill the needs of a student for all four years of their University career. Our advice is to purchase as much computer as you can within your budget.
The Kania School of Management REQUIRES its students to bring a laptop computer to class.
Due to the increased utilization of technology in course related work, we strongly recommend students bring a laptop computer. If you carry a laptop with you, your documents and applications are always immediately available. With our campus wireless capabilities, your laptop can access the Internet while on the go, so you have more places to do research, check your email, and be more productive. Laptops also free up desk space, have fewer cables, and use less energy.
Students involved in activities such as athletics that take them away from campus, students who may decide to study abroad, and students with internships off campus can do course work wherever they are with a laptop computer.
Advantages Of Purchasing A Laptop
- Portable and convenient
- Can be used in dorm rooms, classrooms, the library, cafeteria, meeting spaces, outdoor areas, at home – wherever you go
- Compact – doesn’t take up much space
- Lightweight – carry one anywhere
- Easy to take to the Help Desk for support
- Easy to transport to and from home
- Easy to carry to the library for a quiet working environment
- Wireless access to the Internet and e-mail throughout campus (requires 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified network adapter)
Disadvantages Of Purchasing A Laptop
- Easier to steal
Note: The Kania School of Management REQUIRES it's students to bring a laptop computer to class.
Yes, the University's Division of Information Technology provides full internet connections to all residence halls and University houses. A student who brings their own computer may have direct access to the Internet and campus data services such as e-mail, the Weinberg Memorial Library, the University Information System, and the my.scranton portal.
We require all computers connected to the campus network to have anti-virus software installed and kept up to date. For Windows, based computers we recommend students use Microsoft Security Essentials (free from Microsoft). The recommendation for Apple computers is Sophos Anti-Virus.
If a computer on our network is infected with a virus it will be quarantined from the network and Internet until the viruses have been removed and we verify that the computer is clean.
The campus network has seen a significant increase in Adware/Spyware on students' personal computers over the past year. The University recommends free software such as Malware Bytes and Spybot Search and Destroy to help maintain your PC.