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Computer hardware, software, accessories, standards


KSC does not have minimum requirements for student computers. Any relatively new Mac or PC should be able to access KSC resources easily. If you are in doubt, do not hesitate to contact the HelpDesk for assistance.

NOTE: If you are entering a major such as Graphic Design, Architecture or another major that might have other system requirements, please contact that department directly. If you are not sure, contact them to verify.

Computers are required to have anti-virus software installed in order to connect to the wireless network. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-virus program available to you.

Students have access to OneDrive Cloud file storage, but should also bring a secondary backup device (i.e. flash drive, portable hard drive).

Interested in purchasing a computer for your student?

The Keene State Bookstore offers educational discounts to students for computer purchases. You may get more information from the Bookstore website or calling them directly.

Apple also offers educational discounts on Mac computers. You will find complete information on their website.

The Keene State IT Group has a partnership with Connection to provide educational discounts to all faculty/staff, students, alumni and friends on personal purchases of all products available at Connection. Additionally computer repair services (warranty and non–warranty) are available locally at the Connection office on Marlborough Street in Keene.

Some of these products can include:

  • laptop, tablets, desktop computers
  • software
  • TV’s, cell phones and more.

Visit the Keene State College and Connection website, create an account and browse to see what products are available to you.

Best practice is to shop around and find what meets your needs the best!

Faculty/Staff Workstation Hardware Standards

Faculty and Staff Information Only

Faculty/Staff PC Desktop Standard

  • Lenovo ThinkCenter M720 Tiny
  • Intel i5 8400T, 6-core, 1.7GHz
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 SDRAM
  • 256GB M.2 Solid State Hard Drive
  • Keyboard, Mouse
  • NO Optical Drive or Monitor included

If these standard specs meet your needs, copy and paste them into an email and request an updated quote.

Faculty/Staff PC Laptop Standard

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  • Intel i5 8250u, Quad-core 1.6GHz
  • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 256GB OPAL 2 Solid State Hard Drive
  • 14” Antiglare Widescreen display (1920x1080)
  • Backlit Keyboard, Webcam
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs

If these standard specs meet your needs, copy and paste them into an email and request an updated quote.

Faculty/Staff Mac Desktop Standard

  • 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
  • 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor
  • 8GB DDR4 memory
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB video memory
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard

If these standard specs meet your needs, copy and paste them into an email and request an updated quote.

Faculty/Staff Mac Laptop Standard

  • 13” Macbook Pro with Touch Bar and Retina Display
  • 1.4GHz quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter
  • Weight: 3.02 lbs

If these standard specs meet your needs, copy and paste them into an email and request an updated quote.

Software Standards

Faculty/Staff Standard PC Software

Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise, 64-bit


  • Microsoft Office 2019
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • Windows Media Player
  • Pulse Secure VPN
  • VLC Media Player
  • Explore Windows 10 in-depth

Faculty/Staff Standard Mac Software

Operating System: OS 10.14 – Mojave


  • Microsoft Office 2019
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • System Center Endpoint Protection

How to Purchase Workstations Using Departmental Funds

To purchase a PC or Apple desktop or a laptop computer using College funds, please follow this procedure

Schedule Your Workstation Upgrade

If you have been contacted by the IT Group about receiving a new workstation, please use the Workstation Installation Scheduling form to schedule a time that will work best for you.

Computer Loaner Request Form

IT Support Services has a small inventory of computers available on a temporary basis for faculty and staff to be used for emergencies or special requests. These loans are short-term and a Computer Loaner Request Form must be submitted to determine availability.

Can I purchase my old workstation from the college?

Technology assets which may have personal and institutional sensitive data on them are not available for selling, donating and/or destroying by recycling. Due to institutional risk, KSC requires total destruction of data on the technology assets and transfers ownership and liability to federally approved recyclers of such equipment. More…

Microsoft Work-At-Home Software

Keene State College extends work-at-home rights to faculty and staff under the terms of the current Microsoft Campus Agreement. The Office Suite is available via download under the current agreement may be installed and used on your personally-owned computer for work-related use.

You will be required to remove the software from your personally-owned computer if you terminate employment with KSC.

Software that is currently available:

  • Office Professional for Windows 2019
  • Office for Macintosh 2019

To download the Office Suite on your home computer, log into Outlook Web App and click “Office 365”. You’ll see an “Install Office” button!

Contact Information Technology

HelpDesk Phone & Email

Where We Are:
Elliot Hall, 2nd Floor, Rm. 243

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Academic Year Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.