What Technology Should I Bring To Campus?

Welcome to Goucher! You're probably wondering what type of technology Goucher has and what type of technology you should bring.

Goucher understands the world of computing is becoming increasingly mobile and wants to ensure all its students are ready for this reality by graduation. For this reason, Goucher has wifi in all classrooms and buildings and in most outdoor spaces as well. For that reason, Goucher requires all students to have a laptop for learning.

Computer Requirements

Here are the minimum requirements the laptop needs to have in order to run efficiently for all four years:

Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OS X (10.14 or higher)*

Hard Drive: 128GB SSD

Memory: 8GB RAM

Processor: i5 intel (8th gen) Processor or similar (i.e., AMD)

*The main operating system on your computer needs to be either Windows or Mac OS X. We cannot guarantee that applications that Goucher support will work on other operating systems such as Linux and Chrome. We highly recommend not using a Chromebook as your main computer.

Recommended Models

We have partnered with Apple and Dell to provide you with several options of recommended models that meet the minimum requirements. Click the links below to access the vendor sites:

The Goucher Apple Store provides two recommended models that already include the $100 discount. The 3-year AppleCare warranty is also included in the price.

The Goucher Dell Store provides three recommended models. The models range from offering the basic minimum requirement to a more robust option. The original price includes a 1-year warranty, but we highly recommend clicking the “Customize & Buy” link and select either the 3- or 4-year warranty option.

The Goucher Lenovo Store provides two recommended models. The original price includes a 3-year warranty. The option to upgrade to a 4yr warranty appears after you add the laptop to your cart. Note: In order to purchase at this heavily discounted price, you will need to create an account using your Goucher email address (@goucher.edu).

Do you need financial assistance? Goucher provides a few strategies for students or families for whom the laptop requirement might pose a financial hardship.  Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

What Else Should You Bring?

Technology Who Provides? Details

Handheld Devices

You

Handheld devices such as tablets and phones are welcome on campus. However, they should not be used as your main computing device as they do not meet the minimum requirements. You are encouraged to sign up for our Emergency notification system using your cell phone number.

Microsoft Office 365

Goucher

If you are buying a laptop, do not purchase Microsoft Office. Goucher provides Office 365 for free for students. Instructions are available for accessing Office365 software

Email

Goucher

Goucher provides all students with an email account. Please note that this is the official form of communication for the campus.

Surge Protector

You

A surge protector is suggested for plugging in student electronic devices.

Printer

Goucher

A printer is not required. Students have access to printers in the Athenaeum. Students have a quota of 400 pages per semester. Visit the Print Wisely Program page to find out more about printing services.

Game System

You

Students can bring game systems but be sure your system can connect to the Goucher Guest wireless network. PS3, PS4 and Xbox systems may encounter connectivity issues with the college’s network because of their hardware settings and configuration.

Television

You

Please note that Samsung TVs have proven to be the easiest and best TV for connecting to the College wireless network.

Streaming Devices

You

The Roku streaming device has proven to be the best for connecting to the college wireless network.

Wireless Router

No One

Do not bring wireless routers and range extenders. Wifi access is available in all residence halls.

Wireless Control Devices

You

Wireless control devices such as smart bulbs and switches are permitted at this time but not recommended.

 

Have Technology Questions?

Students and parents should contact the Help Desk by email (helpdesk@goucher.edu) or by phone/text (410-337-6322).