Technology Requirements

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication now requires that incoming JMC students purchase a laptop computer that can be used in their JMC classes. JMC strongly recommends students purchase either an Apple or Windows laptop computer that meets or exceeds the standards listed below.*

Minimum Approved Hardware
  • 13+" Display
  • 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB Ram, 16GB is recommended for video majors
  • Internal 500 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (7200 Recommended)
  • The Solid State Drives that come with the Retina Display also are acceptable.


* For majors that are design and graphic intensive an Apple Computer is Recommended.

For students who want to transport their media files: ie. Video & Audio, JMC also recommends an external hard drive that works with both Apple and Windows computers.

It is recommended that parents/students take advantage of Dell and Apple back-to-school specials. For more information regarding back-to-school specials, contact the KSU Bookstore at 330-672-1592. It is also strongly recommended that students purchase an upgraded three-year computer warranty.

Portable computers are subjected to more wear and tear than desktop computers. The upgraded warranty also includes three full years of 24/7 telephone technical support. Computers can be purchased at academic prices through the KSU Bookstore.


Further inquiries can be directed to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Sr. IT User Support Analyst, Bob Baumann, at (330) 672-3250 or by email at

Microsoft Office is now free to all Kent State students. To obtain your copy please visit 

JMC also recommendeds creating a free account on Dropbox, or Google Drive. This is a nice place to keep all of your files. In the event of a computer malfunction, your files will be backed up in the cloud.