Minimum Computer Requirements

If your program requires that you have a computer, this document sets out the minimum system requirements you need to complete your NLC program.  This page is updated in April each year; better technology at a lower price may be available at the time of purchase.

Minimum requirements

  • A laptop (if program includes on-campus courses)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 - 64bit
  • Intel i5 (6th Generation or later) OR AMD Ryzen (3 or better) processor
  • 13” screen (laptop) OR 19” monitor (desktop)
  • 8 Gigabytes of RAM memory
  • 512 Gigabyte hard drive
  • Audio and video required (including webcam, microphone, and speakers/headphones)

Software

As a student of NLC, you have free and legal access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite, including MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, and MS-Access, so there is no need to purchase an Office application.

A note about piracy:  Ensure your operating system (MS-Windows 10) is properly licensed.  Office 365 and other applications NLC licenses on your behalf will not install on an unregistered version of Windows.

Internet connectivity

Most NLC programs rely heavily on internet connectivity; ideally students will have high speed internet.  However, while traditional dial-up is unlikely to be fast enough, cellular connections such as Telus LTE are proving to be adequate.

Recommendations

The minimum requirements have been identified as the least expensive computer requirements you need for classes.  However, we would be remiss if we did not make some recommendations.  We recommend:

  • A laptop (rather than a desktop) as it can be brought to class when attending face-to-face.
  • 15.6” Laptop monitor
  • 16 Gigabytes of RAM memory
  • 240 Gigabyte SSD hard drive
  • External keyboard
  • External mouse
  • Good quality webcam
  • Full-size monitor(s)
  • An inkjet or laser printer.

Not supported

There are many alternatives to traditional Windows-based personal computers.  However, NLC recommends against purchasing one of the following for course-work as they have not met the needs of students currently attending:

  • Tablet computer (iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc)
  • Apple iMAC
  • Chromebook
  • Mobile phone (iOS, Android, etc)

Financial Assistance

Students receiving financial aid (BC Student Loan/Canada Student Loan) can use a portion of their textbook amounts towards the purchase of a computer, if it is required by the program.

Some NLC Foundation entrance awards may be used towards the purchase of a computer.

 

Last updated:  29-May-2020