Technical Support

Recommended Computers for New Students

As a student of Drury, you are not required to have a personal computer unless you are an architecture major. The computer Labs located in Springfield Hall are available 24/7 for all current students to use. Still, most students prefer to have a personal computer to act as their digital home.

Educational Discounts on new Computers

For Dell computers, visit your student store today.

We highly recommended purchasing the Dell Complete Care Protection that also covers accidents and next day on-site repairs

For Apple computers, visit the Apple Store for Ed online

Click Here for Discounts on Software for Students

For students who are planning to operate a used computer, Technology Services has listed the following specifications for your consideration. Computers that meet the following requirements should be adequate for general academic and personal use. Please note that these are not requirements, but rather recommendations.

Used PCs:

  • Pentium 4 Processor (2.0G) or higher
  • 2GB Memory
  • Wireless G
  • Ethernet
  • 80 gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-Burner Drive

*Linux is not discouraged, but support is limited

Used Macs:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 or higher
  • i5 processor or higher
  • Wireless 
  • Ethernet
  • 4 GB Memory or higher
  • 120 gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-Burner Drive

New PCs

If you are looking to buy a new personal computer, Technology Services has listed the following recommendations. Before purchasing any new computer or software, be sure to check out the Education Discounts page of this website.

Dell, Asus or Sony are the recommended brands (You can also call us at 417-873-7300 if you would like advice with selecting a comptuer)

  • Intel M, i3, i5, or i7
  • Windows 7, 8, or 10
  • 8GB Memory or higher
  • 250gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-BURNER Drive
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless (laptops)

New Macs:

  • Core Duo processor or i3-i7
  • 3GB Memory or higher
  • 250gb Hard Drive or higher
  • DVD-BURNER Drive
  • Airport Extreme (laptops)

These specifications have been recommended with the average student in mind. New computers that meet these standards will be suitable for many general uses. However, students hoping to accomplish more heavy-handed tasks associated with their academic program may want to consider the following:


The Hammon's School of Architecture recommends using Autodesk recommended hardware.  You can find both recommended and certified hardware on Autodesk's Certified Hardware page.

Computer Science

Students should consider a computer with a 64-bit processor running either Windows or Linux. 8 GB of memory and at least 250 GB of hard drive storage are suggested. Before buying any software, students should consult with the department for available licensing.

Design Arts

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuarkXPress will be heavily used. Computers should be configured with at least 8 GB of memory for better performance and 250 GB of hard drive storage. Although Windows is not discouraged, all in-class work will be done on Mac.

Breech School of Business

The business world is heavily reliant on the many advantages of Windows in the Enterprise setting. In-class work and outside assignments will reflect this. Breech School students should consider a laptop PC running Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Integrated Media w/ Video Production emphasis

For those with an interest in Videography and Video Journalism, Final Cut Pro is the standard editing package used at Drury. Students who are interested in doing work on their own machines should look at a Mac capable of running the Final Cut Studio. Configurations should include at least 8 GB of memory and 320GB of hard drive storage.