All incoming students are required to have access to a laptop meeting the minimum requirements outlined below for class purposes. (These machines can be individually owned, shared with another student, or borrowed when available.) Additionally, all upperclassmen purchasing new computers are strongly encouraged to consider a laptop to take full advantage of the wired and wireless access available in all academic and residence halls.

We support both Mac and Windows based machines and provide the following recommendations when making a purchase: (Note: Juniata students are eligible to receive educational discounts from both Apple and Dell.)

Departmental Recommendations

In addition to the minimum specifications noted below, students studying primarily in certain departments may have additional requirements to consider:

  • Accounting, Business and Economics - A Windows compatible computer with the current version of Microsoft Office Pro

Recommended MINIMUM Specifications for NEW Windows Laptop

  • Processor: Intel Core i3, 2.53GHz or any i5 or i7 processor
  • Memory: 4 GB Memory
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB
  • Network Card: Integrated 10/100 Network Card
  • Wireless 802.11g
  • CD/DVD: 24x CD-RW/DVD (Please note that some classes may require a DVD burner. For these classes, we recommend an 8x DVD+/-RW)
  • Software (available at reduced price or through the college):
    • Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Note: we do not support the 'Home Premium' version)
    • Office 2013
    • updated anti-virus program (anti-virus information)

Example: Dell Latitude E46430s, E6440 or E6540, Dell Inspiron 14R or 15R

Recommended MINIMUM Specifications for NEW Apple Laptop

  • Processor: Any of the i-series processors available in the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
  • Memory: 4 GB Memory
  • Network Card: Built-in Ethernet
  • Airport Extreme (Wireless card)
  • CD/DVD: Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) (Please note that some classes may require a DVD burner. For these classes, we recommend a SuperDrive)
  • Operating System: Mac OSX (v10.9)

Example: 13", 15" or 17" MacBook Pro


  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo, 2GHz
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Network Card: Integrated 10/100 Network Card
  • Wireless: 802.11g or AirPort
  • Software: Mac OSX (v10.7), business class version of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, updated anti-virus program

Last Updated: 6/1/2015

If you have technology related questions, please contact the 'HELP' desk at 814-641-3619 or