Online Learning Checklist

If you are registering for online or hybrid courses, you should have access to a computer with the recommended hardware, software, and Internet connection speed as listed below. You should also have the ability to control settings on the computer. Therefore, the use of computers in a workplace, at public libraries, or other locations where you have no control over computer settings, firewall settings etc. is not recommended.

The University of St. Thomas (UST) cannot assume responsibility for the inability of computers to connect to UST websites or course delivery sites. Students are responsible for keeping computers in good working order and notifying their instructor(s) when any computer issue interferes with their ability to participate fully in course activities.

Online Learning Checklist

  Windows Apple® Macintosh®
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or better Mac OS X (version 10.7 or later)
Processor Dual Core 2.4 GHz or better 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo or better
Hard Drive 320 GB or more 320 GB or more
RAM / Memory 2+ GB (4GB Preferred) 2+ GB (4GB Preferred)
Office Software

Microsoft Office 2013 Home, Student or Professional version.

UST offers Office 365 to all students, and you can download and install Microsoft Office ProPlus desktop applications on personal computers at no additional cost.

Microsoft Office Mac 2011 or newer.

Important note: Apple’s iWork is not acceptable.


Internet Connection 

High-speed Internet (DSL, cable modem or corporate connection) is recommended for all online learners, and is required for any courses that include video or conferencing. You can test your speed online at sites like Xfinity Speed Test; recommended minimum speeds are 3 Mbps download (5+ preferred), 0.5 Mbps (500 Kbps) upload.

Video Player

It is recommended that you have at least two video players installed on your computer to accommodate different file types. Pick two video players from the list below:

Additional Software 


  • It is recommended that you have two browsers available to accommodate all web content.

  • Current browser-compatibility is documented at the ITS Browser Check page.  In general, current versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome (Windows), and Firefox, Chrome and Safari (Mac) are the most reliable options.

Other Browser Plugins

Anti-Virus Software

  • You must have anti-virus software installed to protect yourself and the UST network.

  • The University of St. Thomas has granted students of UST the “Home Use Option” for Microsoft System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP) software.

  • Visit the ITS EndPoint Protection site for details.

  • If you visit campus, please make sure to have a functional anti-virus system before you connect your laptop to the University of St. Thomas network.

Anti-Spyware Software

Anti-spyware software is just as important as anti-virus software. Many programs are available online: Malwarebytes, SpyBot and Super Anti- Spyware are examples. Plan to scan for and remove spyware frequently.

Required Accessories if Using Video Desktop Conferencing(like Adobe Connect)

  • Webcam (built-in or external)

  • Headset with microphone - separate from your computer

  • Logitech® or Plantronic® brands are recommended (Plan to spend $15-$40.00).

Recommended Accessories

  • Surge protector
  • Printer