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Recommended Computer Specifications

The minimum specifications below have been determined with the average student in mind. New computers that meet these minimum standards will be suitable for general academic use.

However, computers used in certain disciplines, such as Architecture, Computer Science, Graphic Design or Multimedia Production may require additional power, functions, and software. Contact the department for those recommendations.

Desktop/Tower Computers

  • Intel i7 processor
  • 16GB Memory
  • 500GB SSD
  • Windows 10
  • Extended warranty


  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 16GB Memory
  • 500GB SSD
  • OSx 10.15 (Catalina or above)
  • Extended warranty

Laptop/Notebook Computers

  • Intel i5 or i7 processor
  • 16 Gigabytes RAM
  • 500GB SSD
  • Windows 10 or OSx 10.15 (Catalina or above)
  • Extended warranty

Educational Discounts on New Computers

Dell and Apple offer special discounts to students. To take advantage of these for Dell Computers, visit Dell University. For Apple computers, visit Apple Education.

Computer Software

Office 365

A free Microsoft Office subscription is available to be downloaded to personal computers, Macs or PCs, by all students, faculty and staff. The following programs are included: 

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • SharePoint
  • Teams
  • Stream
  • Sway
  • Forms

This subscription is valid as long as you are enrolled or employed at Drury University. Also included is 1TB of file storage.

Install Microsoft Office

Before beginning the installation, make sure you have completely uninstalled any previous versions of Microsoft Office.

Log in into your Drury email on a web browser at the

Screenshot of the Microsoft sign in screen.

Click on highlighted icon, located at the top right of the screen.

Screenshot of the Outlook home screen with the Apps tab highlighted.

Click Office 365, located directly to the right of the previously clicked icon.

Screenshot of the Apps tab with Office 365 highlighted.

Click the Install Office button on the right side of the screen.

Screenshot of the Office 365 tab with Install Office... highlighted.

Click on the Office 365 apps option.

Screenshot of the Office 365 tab with Office 365 apps highlighted.

Open and run the downloaded installation file. 

Click Close when the download is complete.



Skype for Business

Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts and is integrated into your Office apps. 

How to Install

Skype for Business is available to all Drury students, faculty, and staff through our Microsoft Office 365 subscription. (See Office 365 above.)

Logging In

Enter your entire Drury email address and click Sign In. You will then be prompted for your password.

Support & Training


  • You need a microphone and speakers to participate in a S4B call or meeting. A webcam is needed to video chat.
  • Be sure your speakers are in front of your microphone or webcam. This will cut down any chance for feedback or echo for all participants. 
  • Join your meetings early to give yourself time to troubleshoot.
  • Use a wired connection whenever you can.
  • Find a quiet, well-lit place for your calls.
  • Find another S4B user nearby and get used to the functions.
  • Use large fonts and simple backgrounds for PowerPoint presentations.
  • Avoid presenting in the lower-right corner – that’s where the audience may see their own camera in Picture-in-Picture views.