Student Computer Purchasing

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Computer Purchasing Advice

Most students find having a laptop computer at school especially helpful. We support both Mac and PC platforms at Evergreen and we have wireless access and printing as well. The decision whether to purchase a Mac or a PC laptop depends on the focus of the student's studies and preference -- what software to include would depend on that as well.

For instance, if the student will be taking classes in Media a Mac would be preferred. Some programs or curricular pursuits, such as classes in digital film, are for the majority, done with Macintosh software. However, this is not to say that a PC with the proper Adobe products could not do the same tasks. We suggest the student get in touch with those specific unit providers on campus if necessary for more information. If you have any questions about who to contact call the Computer Center/Academic Computing at (360) 867-6227

Minimum Specs

The following base minimum requirements are recommended to last the duration of your studies:

  • 2+ GHz Processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard drive
  • Ethernet Ready
  • Wireless (802.11 g/n)
  • Bluetooth
  • Combo Drive (DVD-R/CD-R/W)
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher or Windows XP/Vista/7


The Evergreen State College Bookstore offers special reduced "Academic Pricing" on many software suites. The complete list of software can be found here[Evergreen Bookstore Software

Many of our current Mac native students enjoy the benefits of the most recent release of iLife, Mac's creative software suite. iLife is present on all our Macintosh computers in the lab and allows for easy editing of photos, video and audio. iLife is available for purchase from Apple.

The all-around most useful software to include is Microsoft Office for writing papers and presentations, however, a freeware Microsoft Office style program is also available and now has a native version for Mac OS X. Open Office can open and save in Microsoft Word formats.

An external storage device, either a hard drive or a USB thumb drive, is an excellent resource for both data backup and data transportation. Media students should strongly consider purchasing a large external hard drive, 1 terabyte or more if they plan on editing and moving digital film projects around campus. A large external hard drive can be purchased from many local retailers as well as several sites online. USB thumb drives, usually found in 2GB increments, can be purchased at The Evergreen State College Bookstore, as well as almost all department stores.