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University Recommendations

General Recommendations For Incoming Freshmen

PROCESSOR2.1GHz Intel Core i3 or better
MEMORY8GB+
STORAGE 250GB+ or 128GB solid state
SOFTWARE Windows: MS Office 2016; Symantec Antivirus (Free)
WindowsMicrosoft Windows 7 or higher
MacMac OS 10.10 or higher
ACCESSORIES 8GB+ Flash Drive & Ethernet Cable

Why Choose Apple?

Using a Mac is a great experience. They are simple to use, portable, and have excellent battery life. Mac can run Windows, too. If you love your iPhone, chances are that you’ll love a Mac.

Why Choose Dell?

Many of the Dells that we carry come with 3 years of Complete Care. This protects your computer from accidental damage – drops and spills. In addition, some courses require Windows-only programs such as Microsoft Access.


Where Do I Go If My Computer Breaks?

The U of A Computer Store, located in the Garland Center across from the NW Quad. We are proudly certified to repair Apple & Dell systems here on campus.

Student Technology Information

Printing

All students are eligible for 700 one-sided black prints or an equivalent of $35.00 in printing per semester. The Arkansas Union Lab, Mullins Library Lab, Student Technology Lab, and JBHT Lab offer color printing. For more information, go to the Print website.


Antivirus/Security

Symantec AntiVirus is provided free-of-charge to U of A students, faculty, and staff. Those living in residence halls are required to install this software. UITS recommends antivirus for all computers on the university network. Download from the ITS software site.


Before you install Symantec AntiVirus

It is important to make sure you’ve uninstalled other antivirus software such as free trials or older versions of Symantec, Norton, McAfee, etc. before installing Symantec AntiVirus from the university.

Windows: Go to Programs and Features in the Control Panel to remove the old software.

Mac: In Applications, go to your existing antivirus software folder and use the Uninstaller to remove the software. If there is no Uninstaller, delete your antivirus software and its related folders.

Not sure what to do? Our Service Center can update your windows system with all the latest MS patches, remove conflicting software, load the campus antivirus and Firefox for $39.00.

GACL: General Access Computer Labs

Most campus computer labs offer both Dell and Apple units, as well as equipment checkout. All offer quota based laser printing.

Applications available include but are not limited to: MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Math & Statistical software, and AutoCAD.

Fall and spring hours are listed below. For more information, visit the ITS Computer Labs site.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY CENTER Tech Lounge, Digital Media Lab, Gaming Studio, Team Room
3rd floor of the Student Union
M-F 7AM to midnight; Sat 9AM to midnight; Sun 12PM to midnight
(479) 575-8602
ARKANSAS UNION M-F 8AM to midnight; Sat-Sun 9AM to midnight.
(479) 575-8611
MULLINS LIBRARY M-Th 7AM to 2AM; Fri 7AM to 6PM; Sat 10AM to 6PM; Sun 12PM to 2AM
(479) 575-8611
NW QUAD BUILDING B 24 hour access
General Use Hours 6AM to 11PM
(479) 575-5708
JB HUNT ROOM 253 M-F 7AM to 10PM; closed Sat and Sun
(479) 575-8611
KIMPEL HALL 319 M-F 8AM to 5PM; closed Sat and Sun
(479) 575-8611
U OF A BOOKSTORE M-Th 8AM to 7PM; Fri 8AM-6PM; Sat 10AM-5PM; Sun 12PM-5PM
(479) 575-8611

Departmental Recommendations


Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences


Recommended computers

The Bumpers College is a Windows centric college. If you prefer a Mac, loading Windows is advised.

Labs available in:

AFLS B-108, HOEC 028, & POSC L101 with Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office. Visit the Bumpers Lab site to see entire software list, hours of operation and locations.

Contact: call (479) 575-3420 or email agritech@uark.edu



Sam M. Walton College of Business


Recommended computers

Walton College is a Windows centric college. If you prefer a Mac, loading Windows is advised.

» Dell that meets general recommendations
» Apple with 8GB RAM + Windows

Labs available in:

» WCOB 112
» JBHT room 222/220 ISYS classes/majors only

For WCOB lab hours of operation, locations, and lab specific equipment visit the Walton Technology Center



College of Engineering


Recommended computers

Windows is recommended for engineering students because some degrees will require the use of CAD programs. If running Windows on a Mac, Boot Camp is recommended. Each department may have specific hardware recommendations for incoming students. Please check with your future department to verify needs.

Civil, Electrical, CSCE, Industrial

» Apple or Dell that meets general recommendations.

Chemical, Mechanical

» 2.2GHz+ Intel Core i5 or better, 8GB+ RAM, 250GB+ Storage, Windows 7 or higher 64-bit

Technology support

Biological and Agricultural Engineering
» Lab: ENGR 205, (479) 575-2351

Biomedical Engineering
» Lab: ENGR 205, kwhunter@uark.edu

Civil Engineering
» Lab: BELL 4133, (479) 575-4048 or cveghelp@uark.edu

Chemical Engineering
» Lab: BELL 2254, BELL 2277 (479) 575-7377 or hwatson@uark.edu

Computer Science / Computer Engineering
» Lab: JBHT 215, (479) 575-3822 or info@csce.uark.edu

Electrical Engineering
» Labs: BELL 3008 and ENGR 112, (479) 575-7472 or eleghelp@uark.edu

Freshman Engineering
» Lab: ENGR 337, (479) 575-6373 or lucyen@uark.edu

Industrial Engineering
» Lab: BELL 4128, BELL 4133, (479) 575-3547 or ineghelp@uark.edu

Mechanical Engineering
» Lab: MEEG 101, MEEG 211, (479) 575-4847 or askmeeg@uark.edu



J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Recommended computers

With most degrees, you will be fine following the general recommendations. However, for Art, Music, & Journalism majors it is recommended that you get a Mac.

» Apple or Dell that meets general recommendations.

Labs available in:

» KIMP 319, MAIN 205—Teaching Lab

For lab hours of operation, locations, and lab specific equipment contact: (479) 575-7512 or email arscsup@uark.edu



Fay Jones School of Architecture


Recommended computers

You will need a computer capable of running Autocad and Adobe Design Standard for 5 years. Windows is required for CAD/CAM Programs. Mac owners are required to run Windows via Boot Camp.

» Windows 7 Pro 64-bit or highger
» Intel Core i5 or i7
» Dedicated Graphics Memory (2GB)
» 8GB of RAM minimum
» Solid State Drive
» Mouse (wired or wireless)
» Ethernet adapter / Ethernet cable 10-15ft

Labs available in:

» Vol Walker Hall: VIZLab, Studio, Material Shop, Smart Media Center with equipment checkout, IDES Resource room

Plotting / Printing paid for with RazorBucks

For School of Architecture lab hours of operation, locations, IT support, and lab specific equipment visit the Architecture lab site or email archlabs@uark.edu for IT support.



College of Education & Health Professionals


Recommended computers

» Apple or Dell that meets general recommendations.

Labs available in:

» Peabody Hall 125, Grad Ed 351, (Nursing Students only: Epley Center Lab)

For COEHP lab hours of operation, locations, and lab specific equipment contact: call 479-575-6262 or email barticus@uark.edu

School of Law


Recommended computers

» 2.2GHz Intel Core i5
» 8GB+ RAM
» 250GB+ Storage
» Dedicated Graphics Card
» Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.10 or newer

Need to Run Windows on a Mac?

Dual-boot with Boot Camp

Boot Camp is built in to your Mac. It lets you choose to boot your computer with your Mac OS partition or your Windows partition. Boot Camp is ideal for running applications that are graphics intensive. Running Windows via Boot Camp on your Mac is required for architecture students and is recommended by Engineering degrees that use CAD.

What you’ll need:

  • A full copy of Windows 10 64-bit ($199.99)
  • A good, working knowledge of computers

Virtualization with Parallels

Parallels is an app that lets you run Windows on your Mac without rebooting. It’s simple to install and is recommended for students who just need to run non-intensive applications like MS Office for Windows.

What you’ll need:

  • A full copy of Windows 10 64-bit ($199.99)
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac ($39.99)

NEED HELP?

The U of A Computer Store Can Install Windows for You.


Am I Ready?

  •  I’ve registered for classes: uaconnect.uark.edu
  •  I’ve accessed my email account: email.uark.edu
  •  I’ve memorized my University ID number: Can you remember a phone number? This is easier.
  •  I’ve gotten my University ID card made: Refer to orientation guide for orientation location pick-up
  •  I’ve ordered my textbooks: shop.uofastore.com
  •  I’ve found my class rooms: campusmaps.uark.edu

My Computer:

  •  Meets the hardware recommendations in this guide
  •  Has the following software installed:
    •  Microsoft Office 2016 or equivalent
    •  Symantec Antivirus (Download at its.uark.edu/antivirus.html)
    •  Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
  •  Has the following accessories:
    •  Ethernet cable
    •  Surge Protector
    •  Notebook Lock
    •  8GB+ Flash Drive

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