Tech FAQ’s


Q. Am I required to bring a computer?

Ursinus College strongly recommends students come with a laptop computer. Students will be required to use computers frequently for communications and academic activities, often in class.


Q. What make or model computer is recommended?

The selection of a particular computer is largely a matter of personal choice, but the Ursinus faculty will often require you to bring your computer with you to classes and lab sessions, so a laptop will be an important tool, especially considering the availability of the campus-wide Wi-Fi system.  Some faculty departments have specific recommendations that you should consider as you select the technology that will best meet your needs.

Loaner laptops are available for you to use on a short-term basis.  You can check them out at The Learning Curve in The Myrin Library.


Q.  Are then any public use computers or labs available?

Yes.  On the main floor of the Myrin Library there are 12 Windows computers and 3 Macintosh computers available for Ursinus students. 

Software is added and updated as needed by Ursinus courses, but current software available on these computers are:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • ArcGIS
  • Wolfram Mathematica
  • Maple
  • SAS
  • SPSS


Q. Do I need Windows if I use a Mac?

No. Some software used is only available for Windows, however a limited number of windows computers are available in the Myrin Library with this necessary software.  Depending on your major or coursework, choosing between a Microsoft Windows computer or an Apple/Mac computer may be more suitable for your requirements.

However, if the need arises, there are options for running Windows on a Mac computer. These options include Boot Camp (comes with Mac OS X), Parallels or VMWare Fusion. A properly purchased copy of Windows will also be required.


Q. What software should I purchase for my computer?

 At a minimum, you will want Office productivity software.  Currently Microsoft Office is available free of charge for Ursinus Students to install on their own devices.  Other software may be required in certain courses, which may also available free of charge.  Different software requirements will be noted per class.


If you have any other questions or concerns regarding any Technology or it’s used on campus, please call Tech Support at 610-409-3789 or email

You are also welcome to stop by Tech Support.  We are located on the lower level of the Myrin Library.

For computers available for purchase through one of our vendors, please click here:

Computer Purchase Options


For a list of software used and provided on campus, please click here:

Available Software


Please note:

Microsoft Office* - full personal installation available free of charge via web install.  Instructions for installation of MS-Office.

 *Microsoft Office is provided free of charge as part of our campus agreement.  So, regardless of the computer you purchase, or where you purchase, you do not need to purchase this additional software resulting in signification cost savings.