Technology Requirements

Computers

All full-time students are required to bring a laptop or tablet to campus. NSU recommends Hewlett-Packard, Dell or Apple computers with extended warranties.

 

Suggested minimum specifications for student computers:

 

Windows
  • Processor: i5 or i7 Quad Core
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB SATA/256 SSD or larger
  • Operating System: Windows 10
Mac
  • Processor: i5 or i7 Quad Core
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB or larger solid-state drive
  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra

iPads, Kindles, Chromebooks, and other Android devices are not recommended as primary devices for your coursework, as they may not be able to run required software from some classes.

 

Software

Microsoft Office is available for currently enrolled students to download (Word, Excel and PowerPoint). Current NSU students can install MS Office on up to five personally owned Windows or Mac computer systems. It's also supported by iOS and Android platforms.

 

To download MS Office, log on to myNSU and navigate to the Technology section.

 

Accounts

Your NSU account (username and password) logs you in to the NSU network, email (Gmail), printing, Microsoft Office 365, and library databases.

Get NSU Account

 

Access academic tools such as Desire2Learn, WebAdvisor, and Starfish by logging on to myNSU with your myNSU account (BORIS username and password).

Get BORIS Account

NSU and myNSU (BORIS) Account Retrieval Instructions

If you need assistance, please contact the Support Desk at help@northern.edu.