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Program Technology Requirements

You need your own computer and technology accessories to study at NSCC. What you need depends on the program you choose. If you already have a computer, it may already meet your program requirements. Make sure you check.

Resources to support technology needs

A limited number of computers are available through the Library Technology Loan program. Some computer access will also be available on campus, within public health guidelines, for those facing technological barriers.

Confirm what you need

Review the costs and fees information for your program to find out which system is recommended for it.

Having a computer that works with the College’s minimum software and systems will help ensure you can use the tools and services NSCC offers.

Not recommended - Due to a lack of compatibility with required software, we do not recommend that students use:

  • Chromebooks
  • Macintosh computers (except for specific programs)
  • Note: If you already have a Macintosh, you will need to ensure your NSCC program doesn’t require you to use software that’s only available on a Windows computer.

Computer and technology accessory recommendations

Student discounts for computer purchases

NSCC is working with Dell to provide NSCC students discounted purchase prices for Dell computers. 

Windows computers

These are the recommended minimum system requirements for NSCC students.

  1. Budget computer - Cost is approximately $650
    • Windows 10 Home Edition
    • i5 Processor
    • 256 SSD
    • 8GB RAM
    • Integrated graphics
    Example system: Dell Inspiron 14 3493
  2. Mid-range computer - Cost is approximately $1,200
    • Windows 10 Home Edition
    • i5 Processor
    • 256 SSD
    • 16GB RAM
    • Integrated graphics
    Example system: Dell Latitude 3410
  3. Performance computer - Cost is approximately $2,200
    • Windows 10 Professional Edition
    • i7 Processor
    • 512 SSD
    • 16GB RAM
    Example system: Dell Latitude 5401
  4. High-performance computer - Cost is approximately $3,800
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • Edition i9
    • Processor
    • 512 SSD
    • 32 GB RAM
    • NVIDIA Quadro T2000 /4GB
    • GDDR6
    Example system: Dell Precision 5540

Macintosh computers

MacBook computers are only recommended for specific NSCC programs. Review the costs and fees information for your program to find out which system is recommended for it. If you already own a Macintosh, you will need to confirm with your instructors that your program doesn’t require software that operates only on Windows.

  1. Budget MacBook - Cost is approximately $1,500
    • 1.1GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    • 8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
    • 256GB SSD storage
    • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  2. Performance MacBook Pro - Cost is approximately $3,800
    • 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
    • 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
    • AMD Radeon Pro 5500M with 8GB of GDDR6 memory
    • 1TB SSD storage
    • 16-inch Retina display with True Tone

Technology accessories

Students involved in learning online may also choose to purchase:

  • Headset with microphone (approximately $60) - Skype/Teams certified USB or Bluetooth
  • Webcam (approximately $100) - an external Skype/Teams-certified webcam may be needed if your computer doesn’t have one.