Student Computer Policy
This policy will be implemented with the start of the fall of 2014 semester. The school will continue to provide high-end labs.
Computer system requirements
A specific computer platform is not required. The student may choose PC or Mac, but it must meet the minimum requirements for operating the Adobe Creative Cloud software. A comprehensive listing of system requirements is available at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tech-specs.html#requirements.
The school will provide printers. For high-end photo printing the school will provide ink, however, students should provide any specialty paper they use.
- Microsoft Office 365 - includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more (available for free as a student)
- Adobe Creative Cloud - provides all Adobe products with latest updates for a subscription monthly fee (more information available at http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html)
- QuickTime – current version (free download available at https://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/)
- Java Runtime Environment 1.6 (free download available at https://www.java.com/en/download/)
The school has a limited number of laptops available for semester rental by students who do not have their own computer. Fees charged are based on a percentage of the computer purchase price, prorated over 3 years. Students renting a computer for three years will own it.
A limited number of computers will be available for short-term rental by students having computer problems. The short-term rental fee will be $20 per week. The short-term rental fee will be adjusted on used computers based on a four-year expected life span.
High-end computer labs
The School will provide high-end computer labs. High-end labs deal with simulation, modeling, rendering or storing large amounts of data that are impractical or too time consuming for the average computer. A high-end lab is any lab where the computer and software needed to perform the designated function would cost more than $4,000.
Computer repairs and warranty service for Dell and Apple computers are provided through Information Technology Services located in Hale 214. For more information visit https://kstate.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB11751.