Today’s technology environment is in constant change. Given the rapid changes in hardware and software technology it is impractical for the Concordia Information Technology Service department to recommend specific hardware performance requirements to students. In general, most new computers available on the market will be capable of performing the tasks needed for your course work at Concordia University.

Below are some minimum considerations recommended to all students to help provide the best computing experience. Please note that as the technology landscape changes, so may these recommendations. It is the responsibility of all students to have regular and unlimited access to the computing technology they need for their courses.

Student Computing Recommendations

As a student of Concordia University, you will need reliable access to a computer with the following capabilities:
  • A current suite of productivity tools which include word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software at a minimum.
  • The ability to publish documents accessible to CU faculty and other students as needed in standard formats e.g.:
  • An antivirus program that is updated regularly
    • Sophos Anti-Virus is available through CU, although students may use any AV program of their choice.
  • An internet connection with adequate capacity to upload/download files, stream audio and video and support the function of Concordia’s online learning management system. (Blackboard)
  • An up-to-date web browser capable of loading and supporting Blackboard
  • An operating system compliant with current industry standards
    • e.g.: Windows 7 or 8, Mac OSX 10.7 or 10.8
  • A laptop with a 5 Ghz wireless radio is highly encouraged.

Student Computer Maintenance Responsibilities

The Technology Service Center will make every reasonable effort to provide student support for the installation and basic usage of the software and systems offered and/or required by the University.

The Tech Center may also provide limited assistance for the diagnosis of further computer-related issues (including virus assessment) on a time-available basis; however, it is the responsibility of every student of Concordia University to be familiar with and keep his or her own computer hardware and software in good working order. Failure to do so may result in Tech Center staff directing the student to use an outside vendor to resolve their issue before seeking additional support from Concordia ITS.

If at any time during the semester a student’s computer becomes unusable for school purposes, it is the responsibility of the student to contact their professors and arrange an alternative work schedule while their machine is being serviced. The Tech Center may direct you to a third party computer service provider, at the expense of the student, if attempting to resolve the issue through the Tech Center interferes with our ability to provide excellent service to other students.

Additional Information

If you have any questions regarding CU's computing standards, or any of the other information provided in this knowledge base article, please feel free to contact the Tech Center at

Updated by Steven Quirk 10/3/13