Laptop Requirement

Choose a Laptop

Beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, all students will be required to have a laptop computer.

This requirement will reduce the possible spread of germs by limiting the need for shared public computer stations. It will ensure continuity in the event of school closures, evacuations and other possible emergencies. It will also give students the means to manage the blended classroom format and access school software.

Campus computer labs will be offered on a limited scale at the Addlestone Library. Providing an alternative to computer labs, IT will furnish students with the necessary software so that they can conduct their computer lab assignments on their personal computers.

Financial aid may be available for this.  Visit Financial Aid for information on any available options.  Information Technology has a limited number of laptops and WiFi Hotspots available to loan to those students who cannot afford one.

We do not recommend Chromebooks because they cannot run all of the software you may need and some models have issues connecting to our wireless network.

Both Apple and Dell have established College of Charleston online stores where you can take advantage of reduced pricing when purchasing personal computers. Both sites include models recommended by Information Technology at various price point options.


System Requirements

The base requirement for your laptop computer should be that it runs Windows 10 or MacOS version 10.15  The base level recomendation is an i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 250 GB solid state hard drive.  Further, you will need a webcam and microphone for your laptop.  (Most models will have these built in.)

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For certain majors, a higher performance laptop is recommended.  The specifications For this series is an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB solid state hard drive.  As with the other recommended models, these should be running either windows 10 or MacOS 10.15 and include a webcam and microphone.

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Accounts and Access

MyCharleston is your secure gateway to the College's online services.

Logon with your COUGARS username and password, the same combination you use to log into campus computers, like the ones in Addlestone Library.

CampusWide ID number - This is your account number on campus.  If you don't know your number, you can find instructions on looking it up in the Knowledge Base.


All College of Charleston applicants who have been accepted have an email account that is accessible through Cmail.

Learn more about accessing and managing your email account at it.cofc.edu/accounts-email/cmail

Web Space - Students are allowed to host personal web sites on the student web server or by using Sites within Google Apps.

Stay safe online

Appropriate use policy


Get Online

eduroam is the secure wireless network used by College of Charleston students, staff, and faculty. Using this network gives campus community members access to the internet, internal network resources and wireless service at more than 4,000 other eduroam institutions globally.

Get online

ResNet is a high-speed internet service that provides internet access to every student living on campus at the College of Charleston. Support for the computer network in the residence halls and historic houses is provided by Apogee.

Get online



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Office 365 - The Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications is available to all College of Charleston students. It can be downloaded on up to 5 computers and 5 mobile devices. The suite includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and much more.

Here's how to sign in to Office 365

AppAnywhere – AppsAnywhere is an app store-style platform that gives students access to all the software they need. Starting with the Fall 2020 semester, AppsAnywhere will deliver all the software you need for your department from one place to any device, including Windows and MacOS.



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OAKS is your online classroom portal, where you can view class materials, submit assignments, and communicate with professors and classmates.

Visit OAKS

Student Instructional Technology Services offers 24/7 access to how-to tutorials and videos on various software used by the college. Services also include a wide range of webinars and individual assistance.

Learn more about SITS resources.



Technical Support (We're here to help)

When you need help with your computer, whether it’s a hardware or technology question, technical support is available through the IT Service Desk.

For more information on how you can get help, visit the self-service and support portal for more information about the scope of these services.

Visit IT Help Portal

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