Student discussing computer recommendations

Computer Recommendations


For full-time students, a laptop is recommended versus a "netbook." Many of the new "Ultrabook" laptops do not include a DVD drive and some do not have Ethernet port. Most newer laptops include wireless capability as a standard.

Recommended Hardware

  • Suggested: Laptop Specifications.
    • 2.0 GHz processor or higher, 4-8 GB RAM, Any Size hard drive, Windows 7/8/10 (Any Version) or Mac, Optional DVD Drive, Recommended 25ft Ethernet Cable.

Recommended Software

  • Software: Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 Suite (Available through E-Academy)
  • Anti-virus software – Symantec Endpoint Protection Antivirus is preferred. FSC students may visit Rinker Technology for assistance with installation of a free version.

If you have additional questions, please contact us via e-mail at or call 863.616.6426.


Student Discounts

Dell Purchases --

  • Click on the link above.
  • Member ID:US22786853
  • Phone #: 1-800-695-8133

Gateway: -- call 877.485.1462

  • ext. 55146 for James Small or
  • ext. 55625 for Gale Huddleston

Apple purchases

Software purchases

You may wish to wait until you enroll to purchase software. College students receive substantial academic software discounts by direct order. Check the following vendors for discounts and ordering procedures.

Student Discounts

If you are planning to purchase a computer, you can obtain some special discounts.