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ITS Checklists and Tech Recommendations

To help you transition to college life, Saint Louis University's ITS division has created several checklists, as well as program-by-program recommendations for laptops and other technology you'll need on campus.

New Student Checklist

Follow the steps below to become familiar with and effectively use campus technology services and resources.

Access Your Accounts

  • Activate your SLU Net ID and password at password.slu.edu.
  • Update your Multi-factor Authentication Contact Number at login2.slu.edu .
  • Log into your SLU email at mail.slu.edu.
  • If you'd like to grant access to your accounts to parents, guardians or third parties, visit mySLU Share within mySLU.slu.edu and Banner Self-Service to give people of your choosing the ability to see your  academic records, student accounts, financial aid, housing and/or conduct records. 
  • Learn how to make a bill payment.

Get Up-to-Date Information

Get Free Software

Get Discounts

  • Find information on buying a computer specific to your major in the section below, then use your SLU discount to make needed purchases.
  • Buy cables and adapters at one of SLU's Student Tech Services locations. We also offer small hardware and peripherals for purchase. You can also order your items online through the SLU Marketplace.

Plan Ahead for Living on Campus

  • SLU students can print inexpensively from high-quality campus printers. 
  • Don't want to carry your laptop? You'll also have access to SLU's open computer lab and specialized multimedia computer labs.
Move-in Checklist

What Technology to Bring

  • Your laptop and mobile devices 
  • UL-approved fire and surge protector strip rated for computer use
  • A coaxial cable to us with your TV (if you bring one)
  • USB cord for your printer, if you are bringing a printer. Wireless printing is not supported.
  • 2GB flashdrive 
  • Security for a laptop, either Lo-Jack or a cable lock 15 to 25 foot Cat5 network cable

What you Should Leave at Home

  • Wireless routers
  • Wireless printers
  • Personal servers
  • Wireless or cordless devices that use the 2.4GHz or 5.0 GHz 

Before coming to campus, backup your important files. To make sure you don't lose important files if your computer stops working, you should back up your computer on a regular basis. You can use an online service, such as DropBox or Carbonite. You might also consider purchasing a flashdrive or external hard drive. SLU's Google Drive offers you an unlimited amount of space to store files.

Need help during move-in? Technological support will be available in residence halls during move-in. Look for the ITS SMART desks in the lobby  or call 314-977-4000 for more information.

Set up Devices in Your Room

  • Register your devices to the Ethernet Management System
  • Configure your TV to the cable in your room
  • Install the Billiken Print pop-up to print to your Resident Hall printer and all 30 printers on campus
  • If you bring your own printer, turn off the wireless option on your device
Graduation Checklist

Plan for Emails to go to a Personal Account

Your SLU email account will remain active for 60 months (five years) after graduation. We suggest that you migrate your existing SLU email to your personal email account if you wish to keep you SLU messages. 

Request Transcripts

Official transcripts of your academic record at Saint Louis University, including work done in the 1818 Advanced College Credit program, are available through the Office of the University Registrar.

Update Your Personal Information

Up-to-date information is vital for the University to be able to stay in touch with you. It's also required in order for the University to send you your diploma. To update or view your personal information through Banner, click the "Personal Information" tab located on the top menu bar. 

  • Verify your address and phone number, by selecting the "View Addresses and Phone Numbers" link. If updates are needed, go back to the Personal Information page and select "Update Addresses and Phone Numbers."
  • Make changes to your emergency contacts, marital status, name and social security number through the "Update Emergency Contacts," "Update Marital Status," "Name Change Information," and "Social Security Number Change Information" links, respectively).

Prepare for Move-Out

If you live in the residence halls, it is important that you complete the following steps to avoid incurring any additional housing fees:

  • Return any mini-hub or borrowed equipment from ITS
  • Report any problem or broken network jacks
  • Make sure to take your ethernet cable and power strips with you

Purchase Microsoft Office 

The free student license for Microsoft Office is only available for registered students. Once you have been marked as officially graduated by the registrar's office, you will lose your license. If you want to keep using the softwar, you will need to purchase a license from Microsoft.

Tech Recommendations

Information Technology Services has partnered with academic departments at SLU to provide all students with appropriate and accurate computer recommendations based on their major.

Advanced Dental Education, Center for (CADE)

Each CADE student is provided a computer through the program. No additional purchases are necessary.

Arts and Sciences, College of

Recommended Hardware Requirements 

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended Software Requirements 

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • Citrix Desktop Receiver
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum Software Requirements 

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Business, John Cook School of

Recommended Hardware Requirements 

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended Software Requirements

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • Citrix Desktop Receiver
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum Software Requirements 

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR)

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Education, School of

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Parks College of

In order to provide guidance in your selection of a computer for your Saint Louis University experience the faculty and staff of Parks College recommend the following minimum guidelines when selecting a computing platform and operating system. These recommendations are intended to serve as a college-wide minimum platform not necessarily tailored to a specific program or course. If you have questions about the usability of a particular computer feel free to ask the chairperson of the department you are interested in joining.

Note that:

  • Most engineering applications will only work with a windows operating system if you decide to go with a mac you will need to install windows with either Boot Camp or Parallels for full compatibility.
  • A discrete graphic card is not needed but would be beneficial for 3D applications in civil engineering or aerospace and mechanical engineering

Minimum hardware requirements (one to two years at SLU): 

  • Operating system
    • Windows or Apple operating system with i5 fifth-generation core (dual-core or better)
  • Memory
    • 6 GB RAM
    • 500 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Graphics
    • 256 MB integrated memory or Intel HD graphics
  • Additional devices
    • 3.0 USB  port
    • VGA-compatible HDMI port
    • 4 GB USB drive
    • Extended two-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended hardware requirements (three to four years at SLU): 

  • Operating system
    • Windows or Apple operating system with i7 sixth-generation core, 2.7 GHz (dual-core or better)
  • Memory
    • 8 GB RAM or more
    • 500 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Graphics
    • 256 MB integrated memory or Intel HD graphics
  • Additional devices
    • 3.0 USB  port and 2.0 USB port
    • VGA-compatible HDMI port
    • 16 GB USB drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage
 
Health Care Ethics, Albert Gnaegi Center for

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Health Sciences, Doisy College of

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Law, School of

Saint Louis University School of Law strongly recommends, but does not require, law students own a personal laptop computer for use throughout their law school career. Computers play a significant role in nearly every aspect of legal education and most students find that a laptop is an invaluable tool in the classroom.

Having a personal laptop allows students to easily capture and organize lecture notes, access online course materials and utilize online legal research services. Additionally, most exams may be taken using computer-based testing software, which many students find preferable to handwriting their answers.

Recommendation

While students are able to bring any computing device they prefer, it is important to note that while all SLU School of Law systems are compatible with both Windows and Mac, some third-party services and software may not be available to Mac laptops. For example, several legal research software titles provided by WestLaw and LexisNexis are currently only available on the Windows platform.

SLU-Madrid

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage
    • European power adapter

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Medicine, School of
 

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage
    • European power adapter

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Nursing, School of
 

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Philosophy and Letters, College of

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
 
Professional Studies, School for

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program
Public Health and Social Justice, School of

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program

Special notes about School of Public Health system requirements:

  • All students will be required to bring their laptops to new student orientation for configuration. A special helpdesk will be available during the new student orientation to walk the students through the SLU wireless setup and Symantec Anti-virus installation.
  • Students taking introductory and intermediate-level biostatistics and epidemiology courses will need to also have SPSS. Students taking advanced biostatistics and epidemiology courses will also need to have SAS. If you have an Apple computer, you will need any virtualization software program, running Windows 7 Pro or greater
  • All software required for specific classes must be installed prior to student orientation. 
  • Students must contact the appropriate vendor to resolve any hardware or software issues.
  • Students will be responsible for backing up their files. It's recommended that students purchase and use an external USB thumb drive or hard drive to backup all files.
Undecided Majors

Recommended hardware requirements for a four-year career at SLU:

  • Operating system
    • Windows: Intel i5 or i7 
    • Apple: Intel i7
  • Memory
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • 250 GB or more hard drive capacity, preferably SSD
  • Networking
    • Physical gigabyte NIC ethernet. If an ethernet port is not included on your laptop, we suggest purchasing a USB- or Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter.
    • Wireless NIC 802.11g/n
  • Devices
    • 8 GB or more USB flash drive
    • 100 GB or more capacity external hard drive
    • Extended four-year warranty with accident coverage

Recommended software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10
    • Microsoft Office
    • Symantec Endpoint Protection Suite
    • LoJack
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Microsoft Office
    • iCloud

Minimum software requirements:

  • Windows
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Word processing program
    • Anti-virus program
  • Apple
    • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Word processing program