Hardware & Software


Hardware Recommendations

Central College recommends that all students bring a computer to campus; preferably a laptop. While there are many computer labs on campus, your academic work will be enhanced if you have a computer of your own. Central has a number of hardware recommendations for student computers. More info

Discount Options

Many online retailers offer education discounts on hardware and software. It may be beneficial to examine these discount options prior to purchasing a new computer or software. More info

Microsoft Office Suite and Windows

Students are eligible for free copies of Microsoft Office for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 or Mac OS X upgrade software. Faculty and staff members pay a small fee. Free downloads are available in the Central College Web Store – or for a small fee, you may order a physical Microsoft Office or Windows installation disc (the ITS Help Desk no longer distributes physical copies).

Note: These downloads are exclusively reserved for Central College users.  You must sign in with your user ID and password to access the download.

Microsoft Office Suite can also be installed on some iOS devices. Click here for instructions.

Antivirus Software

All computers must have a valid antivirus program that is configured to receive daily updates. Central College recommends antivirus software for students and employees to use. More info

Other Recommended Software

In addition to the free licensed software that Central College provides, we also recommend a number of other software programs that may benefit users. More info.

Mobile Apps

Some of the services used at Central also have mobile app versions.  These are available, for free, to Central users.  More info

Virtual Workspace Software

A number of virtualized programs available to Central users.  These can be accessed through any web browser.  Click here for more information and detailed instructions.

Edited: 6/12/2018