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Student Computers

CCEC maintains computer laboratories to give students access to certain, discipline-specific software applications on Windows computers, which may not be accessible anywhere else on campus. CCEC's computer laboratories are *3124 and 3126 in building 15 (John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building) and **computer lab 2307 in Building 04 (Skinner - Jones Hall).


Most of our students opt to purchase their own computers and obtain their own software. The goal of this page is to provide a little guidance to our students who wish to purchase their own computing hardware.


Science and engineering professionals often require more powerful computer systems than might be used for everyday functions. Portability is a key feature for our students, so we concentrate here on notebook/laptop configurations. What we present below are some relatively current, minimum specifications students should use to guide purchasing decisions.  Following these guidelines will ensure the discipline-specific software will run on your computer.  Please note, MAC's or other Apple computers are not recommended for Engineering or Construction Management.  


*During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the labs in Bldg. 15 are open during the week and the hours are not extended.

**During the COVID-19 Pandemic, labs in Bldg. 04 are only open and used during class periods.


Computer Minimum Recommended Requirements
Features School of Computing School of Engineering or Construction Management
Operating System MS Windows 10, OSX 10.13 or newer MS Windows 10 or any 64-bit Linux with virtual Windows
Processor (CPU) 64-bit Dual Core Processor with Hardware Virtualization Support 64-bit Quad Core Processor, Intel i5, or AMD equivalent (i7 preferred)
RAM 6 GB or greater 16GB or greater
Hard Disk Drive/SSD 250 GB or Larger Standard Drive 500 GB or larger HDD 7200 RPM or SSD
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)       Integrated or Dedicated Integrated or Dedicated 512 MB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (WPA/WPA2) 802.11 b/g/n/ac (WPA/WPA2)
Webcam / Mic Built-in 720p or greater, with webcam & mic Built-in 720p or greater, with webcam & mic
Ports USB 3.0/2.0 USB 3.0/2.0
    Students without access to a laptop should consult the School of Engineering or CCEC Dean's office for options


UNF has negotiated discounts for our students from a number of vendors, including:

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library has a limited supply of laptops available for short-term checkout.  Please visit the Library, laptop computer checkout policy for more information.