George Fox Technical Requirements

The technology requirements listed below have been established to ensure success in navigating digital systems.  See program specific requirements at the bottom of this page.

Hardware: Computer Required

PC

(Windows-based computers)

Mac

(Apple OS-based computers)
Operating System
(Platform on which the computer is based)
  • Minimum: Windows 7
  • Recommended: Windows 7
Operating System
(Platform on which the computer is based)
  • Mac OS X
    • Minimum: 10.6  (Snow Leopard)
    • Recommended: 10.8 (Mountain Lion)>
Processor
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Recommended: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Processor
Processor>
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz
  • Recommended: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Processor
RAM
(Space in which processor does its work)
  • Minimum: 4 GB 
  • Recommended: 8 GB
RAM
(Space in which processor does its work)
  • Minimum: 4 GB
  • Recommended: 8 GB
Free Hard Drive Space
(Space in which data is stored)
  • Minimum: 10 GB
  • Recommended: 50 GB

Note:  the speed of the processor and the amount of RAM space will influence how quickly the computer can perform.

Free Hard Drive Space
(Space in which data is stored)
  • Minimum: 10 GB
  • Recommended: 50 GB

Note:  the speed of the processor and the amount of RAM space will influence how quickly the computer can perform.

Wireless Networking Wireless Card or Adapter that supports WPA2 encryption (allows computer to connect to networks, such as Wi-Fi and printers, through RF, rather than hardwire cables)
  • Minimum:  802.11 G
  • Recommended:  802.11 AN
Wireless Networking Wireless Card or Adapter that supports WPA2 encryption (allows computer to connect to networks, such as Wi-Fi and printers, through RF, rather than hardwire cables)
  • Minimum:  802.11 G
  • Recommended:  802.11 AN


Monitor Settings

(The screen display)

  • Color Minimum: 16 bit color
  • Color Recommended: 32 bit color
  • Resolution Minimum: 1024x768
  • VGA out video port or VGA adapter (Note:  If you are using a Mac, you will need a VGA adapter that may not be included with the standard Mac.)

Peripherals

(Hardware that is not essential to process data, but can be added to a computer)

Minimum

Recommended

  • USB Port (allows plug-and-play connection between computer and peripherals)
  • Microphone
  • Refer to department specific recommendations
  • USB Port (allows plug-and-play connection between computer and peripherals)
  • Web camera (Mic and camera can be used for web-conferencing)
  • High Performance Graphics card based on program requirements
  • Refer to department specific recommendations

Software

Office Suite(Collection of software programs that enable computer to process word documents, spreadsheets, media presentations, e-mail communication, etc.)

  • Required: Must be compatible with MS Office 2007/2008, specifically able to open and save MS Word (.docx), MS Excel (.xlsx), and MS PowerPoint (.pptx) files. 
    • Note:  Specific programs may have specific requirements.

Browser(Program that allows computer to connect to the Internet)

  • Required: Firefox plus one other browser (such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer for Windows and Safari for Mac)
  • Firefox is the recommended browser for George Fox University.

Anti-Virus (Software designed to protect your computer from viruses, malware, and other malicious programs.)

  • Required:  Sophos for Mac computers, free for home users
    Today's threat has evolved to attack not just Windows-based computers but also Macs.  Because of the threat, Macs must also be protected.
  • Required:  Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows-based computers, free for home users
    Microsoft's free antivirus/anti-malware solution provides superb protection against viruses and malware and is compatible with Windows XP through 7.

Plug Ins(auxiliary software programs that are based on a main program, like an Acrobat reader that enables computer to use a pdf file produced by Adobe Acrobat)

  • Required:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • QuickTime  (If you install iTunes, QuickTime is automatically installed.)
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • PDFCreator for Windows
    • Other plug ins may be required for specific courses.
    • Java (http://java.com/en/)
  • Optional:
    • iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes/)

You can purchase Microsoft, Adobe, and other software through the vendor Techhead.org, where you will receive an educational discount when you select George Fox University (OR) in the Higher Ed dropdown menu on the home page.

Backup (an external drive that is separate from your computer)

  • All important files need to be backed up to a second location such as another computer, an external hard drive, a network storage location (FoxFiles, etc.), or burned to an optical disk (CD or DVD). 
    You should be able to protect your important documents in the event something happens to your computer.
  • USB drives ("jump drives," etc.) are only for transporting documents; they are not a valid backup location.

Internet Connection

Speed (The speed at which data is transferred between the Internet and the local network/computer)

  • Recommended: Broadband (DSL, Cable, Ethernet)
    • Note: Broadband speeds of 786 Kbps and/or a 3G connection may be adequate for basic email correspondence and basic Internet usage, but you may not be able to participate in course activities involving media and/or web conferencing.

We highly recommend portable computers for classroom use.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the IT Service Desk at servicedesk@georgefox.edu or 503.554.2569.

Program Specific Requirements 

Undergraduate

Graduate

Traditional Undergraduate

Biology and Chemistry

  • You will want a laptop computer with an optical drive.

Computer Science

  • Operating System:  You will also need Linux.
  • Processor:  Dual-core 2 GHz or better
  • Memory:  4GB minimum.  8 GB is recommended.
  • Free Hard Drive Space:  80 GB.

Engineering

  • Operating System:  College of Engineering labs currently use Windows 7. Available software is validated and taught using this version of Windows. Windows 8 should generally work with most if not all college of engineering software packages, however this has not been verified and the user interface may be significantly different for any given package. 
  • Processor:  Quad-core 2 GHz or better
  • Memory:  8GB minimum.  
  • Free Hard Drive Space:  120 GB.

Business

  • Microsoft Excel PC 2013. Minimum requirement is 2010.

Nursing

  • Browser: Firefox 3.5 or Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
    See Configure Your Browser For FoxTALE for settings
    Do not enter publishers' sites using History or Favorites
  • Plug Ins: See above plus Sliverlight 3.0
  • Evolve ebooks: Requires Internet connection

Arts

  • Studio, Graphic, Interior and Fashion Design majors should select Mac hardware as detailed above.

Business Programs

no additional requirements

Counseling Programs

no additional requirements

Education and Teaching Programs

no additional requirements

Psychology (PsyD)

no additional requirements

Adult Degree Programs

no additional requirements

Seminary


If you would like to purchase an Apple computer we recommend that everyone associated with GFU should take advantage of the Educational discount available via the Apple Education Online Store.
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  • Minimum: 10 GB

  • Recommended: 50 GB>

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