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Laptop Computer FAQs

Bridgewater State University requires all full-time undergraduate students to have Notebook computers.

Why is there a Laptop requirement?

Technology is a critical component in a growing number of courses offered at Bridgewater State University. Research gathered on the experience of students at other universities gives us confidence that students at BSU will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to computing capability at all times and places on campus
  • Access to their files-even very large files-at all times and places
  • BSU faculty members integrating computers into classroom and homework
  • Inter-active class activities utilizing laptop computers
  • Less reliance on computer lab schedule and availability
  • Access to BSU printers through the wired and wireless network
  • CD-ROM textbooks and other technology-based course supplements can supplement course textbooks.
  • Immediate access to e-mail, one of the official means of communication on the BSU campus
  • Laptops ensure all students have equal access to official BSU communications.

Can I purchase a desktop computer instead?

No.  This requirement is specific.  Students must purchase laptop computers.

Where can I purchase a computer?

You may choose to buy your laptop computer from any vendor, just be sure to purchase a notebook that meets or exceeds all technical specifications recommended on the BSU Website

If I already have a laptop, which wireless network adapter should I buy?

A WiFi Certified 802.11a/g/n compliant wireless network adapter is required to access the wireless network. These types of wireless network adapters are available at computer and electronics stores.

What are the minimum laptop specifications to use the BSU network?

You can find a list of minimum recommended specifications at SPECS.

Will I use the laptop in my classes?

Frequency of laptop use in class will vary. Some faculty will require you to bring the laptop to class, while others will incorporate it less often. You will find that the laptop computer is an essential tool outside of class: check course Web sites, correspond with classmates and professors, and conduct Internet and library research.

What software is provided?

The University has licensed  Microsoft Office 365 through a small student software fee assessed each semester as part of tuition and fees. The software is available to download from 

Is the cost included in my financial aid?

Yes. Because BSU requires entering students to have a laptop computer, its cost is included in calculations of your financial aid eligibility. For entering students, federal regulations require all loan proceeds to be disbursed no earlier than 30 days after the beginning of the semester. Students need to consider this when purchasing their laptop computers. Financial aid counselors can answer specific questions.

What support is available for students with disabilities?

If you are a student with a documented disability and you have concerns or questions about the laptop requirement, please contact the office of Disability Resources in the Academic Achievement Center at (508) 531-1214 for assistance.

Where can I go if I have questions about my laptop computer?

There is a support center conveniently located on campus: on the ground floor of the Maxwell Library. Support Services can also be reached by email at or by phone at (508) 531-2555.  For more information on laptop services please visit Notebook Service Policies and Procedures.​

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