Bringing a Computer to Campus

Free and Discounted Software

Residence Halls

Kent Campus Computer Labs

Regional Campus Computer Labs

Printing On Campus


Bringing a Computer to Campus

Hardware Recommendations

We recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a dual-band wireless card (find out more at support.kent.edu/wireless-card) in addition to an extended warranty.

Specific Requirements for Certain Majors

Some colleges have more specific computer and technology requirements. Below are programs with specific requirements at time of publication:

    • Architecture and Environmental Design
    • Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
    • Business Administration
    • Journalism and Mass Communication
    • Nursing
    • Visual Communication Design
    • Fashion Design and Merchandising
    • Art

Visit www.kent.edu/is/techreqs for information on current requirements.

Don’t see your school or college listed? Please check with them before purchasing a new computer.

  • Need a Computer?

    Apple and Dell offer Kent State students discounted pricing.

    The Flash Technology Center (certified Apple Store) is located inside the University Bookstore on the first floor of the Kent Student Center. Students who purchase their new Mac in-store will get FREE setup! The bookstore also carries select models of PCs. Visit the store for more information.

    Dell computer discounts are available online via Dell.com.

  • Security Updates and Recommendations

    Before bringing a personal computer to campus, we recommended that you:

    • Run operating system updates
    • Enable the built-in operating system firewall
    • Install and run an anti-virus or anti-malware program and perform a full system scan. Download FREE software at support.kent.edu/software.

Free and Discounted Software

Kent State continually works to keep costs down by negotiating license agreements for various software packages, such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, anti-virus software, as well as statistical, research, and mathematics software.

  • Free Microsoft Office

    All active full- and part-time students currently registered for classes at Kent State qualify for FREE Microsoft Office through the Microsoft Student Advantage program.

    This student license allows you to install the Microsoft Office suite on up to five devices, including laptops, tablets, and even your smartphone!

    Your access to the software will continue as long as you are enrolled with the University.

    Follow the instructions at support.kent.edu/office and download your free copy today!

    Google Apps

    Included with your Kent State email account, students have access to numerous Google Apps as well as unlimited storage in Google Drive. Find more information about using Google Apps.

  • Anti-virus Protection

    Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows) or Sophos Antivirus (Mac) are highly recommended and are FREE to Kent State students. Be sure anti-virus software is installed on your computer to lower your chances of getting a virus!

    Get more information and download the software at support.kent.edu/software.

    Educational, Research & Statistical Software

    Kent State manages licenses for a number of research and statistical packages. While SAS, Qualtrics and JMP are offered FREE to Kent State students, other titles such as SPSS and NVivo are offered at a discount.

    Kent State students enrolled at the Kent, Stark or Ashtabula campuses may qualify for a free copy Wolfram Mathematica.

    Get more information and download the software at support.kent.edu/software.

    FREE Software Installation Clinics

    Free Software Installation Clinics are held each fall. Look for FlashLine messages and posters around campus for details on when and where clinics will be held. Assistance is also available at the Service and Repair Center.


Residence Halls

Wireless Access

The same secure, high-speed wireless network you connect to around campus is available in all Kent State residence halls. Find out about FlashZone-WPA.

  • Connecting Gaming and Entertainment Devices

    Gaming consoles and entertainment devices (e.g., Xbox, PS4, Roku, Apple TV) must be connected to Kent State’s dedicated wireless Gaming network. Instructions to connect your device are available at support.kent.edu/gaming. To register your device on the Gaming network, visit SmartDevice.kent.edu.

    Laptops and mobile devices must use FlashZone-WPA.

  • Cable TV Access

    Cable television is available to all students in residence halls. All you need is a digital TV and a coaxial cable. For more details, visit support.kent.edu/cabletv.

    Is your TV not working? We can help! Digital cable converter boxes are available for rent at the Tri-Towers Service and Repair Center.

Bringing Your Printer to Campus

Remember to bring a USB cable or purchase one at the TechHelp Service and Repair Center. Personal wireless and bluetooth printing are not permitted on the FlashZone-WPA network. Learn about printing in computer labs. 

Security IconSecurity Tip: Using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software to download copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder(s) is illegal. Find out how to legally access copyrighted materials at secureIT.kent.edu.


Kent Campus Computer Labs

Information Services maintains four public student computer labs that are open to all Kent State students. Each lab offers both Windows and Mac computers.

  • Information Services Computer Labs

    • 150 Library (first floor main area)
    • 222 Kent Student Center
    • 120 Oscar Ritchie Hall
    • 038 Moulton Hall

    Visit support.kent.edu/labs for hours of operation and additional information.

    Walk-up Wednesdays tech support is available in the First Floor Library Computer Lab.

  • Each computer lab is equipped with:

      • Microsoft Office
      • Adobe Photoshop
      • FileZilla
      • Acrobat Reader
      • SPSS
      • SAS (Windows only)
      • LockDown Browser (for test taking)
      • and more!
  • Library Workstations

    The University Library has more than 200 computers available for public use. These computer workstations are located on the first, second, fourth, and sixth through 10th floors.

    Academic Computer Labs

    There are a number of computer labs maintained by various departments across the Kent Campus. These labs are primarily reserved for students within specific majors; however, some double as public labs and others offer special services available to all Kent State students.

    Learn more about special services.

  • Residence Hall Computer Labs

    Residence Services supports four computer labs. These computer labs are only open to students living in the residence halls. Each computer is equipped with Windows and Microsoft Office.

    The residence hall computer labs are located in:

    • Verder Hall
    • Tri-Towers
    • Twin Towers
    • Manchester Hall

Security IconSecurity Tip: Always reboot lab computers before and after using them. Be sure to sign out of your email, FlashLine, and any other websites you use. Gmail and FlashLine don’t automatically log out.


Regional Campus Computer Labs
  • Ashtabula Campus

    Main Hall C232
    8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fri.

    Main Hall Commons B Wing Second Floor
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Library L112 and Public Lab
    8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri.

    Health and Science Building H202
    7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri.

    College of Podiatric Medicine

    Main Building 211
    6:30 a.m. - Midnight, Sun. - Sat.

    East Liverpool Campus

    Mary Patterson Building 316 and 320
    Purinton Hall 104, 107 (Math Emporium), 318, Quiet Study (2nd Floor), Slak Shak (River Level)

    8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Geauga Campus

    Main Building 128, 144, 148, 149, and Library
    8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.
    (Library hours are dependent on staff availability)

    Twinsburg Regional Academic Center

    Main Building 117, 119, 120 and 124
    8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

  • Salem Campus

    Main Building 113, 125, and 141, Smile Lab - Library, City - Center 209
    8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Trumbull Campus

    Classroom Admin. Building 112, 116, 125, 127, 142
    Technology Building 216, 218, 252, 258
    Library Lab & Internet Cafe

    8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

    Tuscarawas Campus

    Founders Hall Academic Learning Commons
    8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

    Founders Hall Cybercafe
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

    Stark Campus

    Main Hall E101 and 208
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Fine Arts Building 30 and 34A
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Library First and Second Floors
    See www.kent.edu/stark/library for building hours

    Science & Nursing Building 001
    8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

    Many Regional Campus classrooms double as computer labs. Availability may be based on class schedules.


Printing On Campus

Kent Campus Printing

Public printing is available in most computer labs on campus by using your FLASHcard for payment. Find out more about printing at support.kent.edu/print. See page 18 for computer lab locations.

  • Print From Anywhere with FlashPrint!

    You can print directly from your personal computer or mobile device to most Kent Campus computer lab printers simply by emailing the document to flashprint@kent.edu or by uploading the document to flashprint.kent.edu. 

    For more information, visit support.kent.edu/print2lab.

    Regional Campus Printing

    Public printing is available from both personal and lab computers to printers in select regional campus computer labs, by using your FLASHcard for payment. Check with your local computer lab to see what printing services are available to you.

    Learn more about our regional campus computer lab locations.

  • Bringing Your Printer to Campus

    Remember to bring a USB cable or purchase one at the TechHelp Service and Repair Center (located in the Tri-Towers Rotunda and the College of Business Administration).

    Personal wireless and bluetooth printing are not permitted on the FlashZone-WPA network.

    Find out more about TechHelp.

    Print Two-Sided and Save Some Green!

    When printing in a student computer lab, choose “2-sided” in the print dialog box. The second side prints for FREE!