Bringing a Laptop To Campus

Hartwick students are often on the go. Some travel to other continents with their peers and professors to study during January Term. Others have an internship off campus or undertake a practical-learning experience with classmates in communities near or far. When the sun is up, most Hartwick students are on the move. Our long-standing respect for mobility and information technology means that learning is best served if each student owns a personal laptop computer.

The Hartwick College Technology Resource Center (TRC) will facilitate students' use of laptops of their own choosing if those laptops meet the College's minimum requirements (see below) for operating system, networking, anti-virus, and other software.

The following specifications will guide you in choosing a machine which should meet your needs at Hartwick College.

  Minimum Better
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft WIndows 8 (not RT*), Macintosh OSX 10.6 or higher
Productivity Software Ability to create and edit file types commonly used in Microsoft Office Microsoft Office University or Microsoft Office for Mac
Anti-Virus Software Every student-owned computer which accesses the College's network, regardless of operating system, must be running up-to-date anti-virus software with real-time protection.
Network cable Category 6 Ethernet cable

The College also strongly recommends purchasing the maximum extended manufacturer’s warranty and the maximum extended accidental damage protection plan.

*Laptop or Tablet?
Tablets have a number of advantages over traditional computers (size, weight, battery life), but many tablets run on Android, iOS, Windows 8 RT or Chrome operating systems. These tablet-specific operating systems can only install apps from their respective app stores and cannot run standard or specialized software programs that may be required for academic coursework. For this reason, Hartwick College does not recommend that students plan to use tablets for their primary computers.

We cannot guarantee that every device can be made to connect reliably to the Hartwick network. If reasonable efforts fail, the student will need to arrange a different way to meet his/her computing needs—for instance, by obtaining or renting a different computer or using the computer labs.

Students bringing a laptop to college will be best served if they do two things:

1. Regularly back up your important data. Use a flash drive, external hard drive or cloud storage such as iCloud or DropBox. If a hard drive fails, and data is irretrievable, or if you accidentally delete a critical file, the backup is like gold.

2. Know how to restore the laptop to factory configuration. If your computer becomes infected with a significant virus, or is affected by a major operating system software corruption, this is a very valuable option. Laptops usually have either a restore partition built into the hard drive, or they may come with system restore disks. If there are disks, you should bring them to college and keep them in a safe place. If there is a restore partition, know how to restore the machine (usually a keystroke command). The Hartwick College TRC can assist, but the process will be faster if you are prepared.

If you have any questions about technology at Hartwick, please contact the Technology Resource Center (TRC) at or call 607-431-4357 (HELP).