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
Operating System
(Platform on which the computer is based)
  • Mac OS X - Minimum: 10.7 (Lion)
Processor
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: Intel Dual Core Processor, 2GHz
  • Recommended: Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Processor
Processor
(Interprets program commands and processes data)
  • Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz
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 a/n
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 a/n



Software

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

Microsoft Office 365 is provide to all students.  To download MS Office 365 go to https://portal.office.com or https://login.microsoftonline.com and log in with your George Fox email address and password.  You will be provided with the newest MS Office applications that are compatible with your computers operating system.

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.)

Visit our Virus Help page for information on how to prevent a virus, what to do if you have a virus, virus hoaxs, mal-ware and more.

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, Google Drive, 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 and interior 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

no additional requirements


If you would like to purchase an Apple computer, we recommend that everyone associated with George Fox take advantage of the educational discount available via the Apple Education Online Store.
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  • Recommended: 50 GB>