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What Does My Computer Need to Connect to BC Services?

If you will be bringing a computer with you to Boston College, review the minimum specifications below to ensure that it will be able to connect to BC services. Note that in some circumstances Windows "Home" versions  are not recommended.

Required Minimum Specifications




Operating System

BC recommends Microsoft Windows 10 with the latest system updates. (Does BC recommend Windows 10 S?)

Note: Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7 or Windows XP.

BC recommends macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), or macOS High Sierra (10.13) with the latest system updates.

Note: Apple is no longer supporting Sierra (10.12) or El Capitan (10.11).

& Tablets

Can I use a Chromebook or Tablet (Android, iPad, Kindle Fire) instead of a Mac or Windows computer?

Antivirus Protection

Boston College requires all faculty, staff, and students to use antivirus software on their computers. Learn more at:

Software Updates

It is extremely important that operating system software, application software (i.e., Microsoft Office), web browsers (i.e., Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.), and all browser plug-ins (Java, Flash, RealPlayer, etc.) are ALWAYS kept up-to-date. Learn how to stay protected by keeping your software up-to-date.

BC Wireless Access

A wireless network card (most computers come equipped with one)

BC Wired Access

An Ethernet network card and Ethernet cable (most Windows computers come equipped with an Ethernet card)

An Ethernet network card and Ethernet cable (some Apple laptops may require an Ethernet adapter)