Technology Requirements

Computer Skills

You will need access to at least a basic computer set up that includes:

Operating System Windows 7 or higher
Processor Speed 2.0GHz Dual Core Processor or higher
Memory 4Gb Memory
Storage/Hard Drive Size 120 GB Hard Drive or higher
Internet Connection DSL or Cable recommended
Computer Condition In good working condition with no errors during startup and use
Antivirus Symantec antivirus can be downloaded from ISU at no additional cost
Microsoft Office Microsoft Office can be downloaded from ISU at no additional cost
In case you have problems All disks that came with the laptop (if available)
Head phones Headphones with Microphone. Noise cancelling is recommended.
Web Cam Can be external or built into laptop/computer
Free Software for Students

Students at INDIANA STATE have access to free software including anti-virus, operating systems, and office products to name a few. These packages can be downloaded from Please read the information below before downloading any software.

The Microsoft Campus Agreement Education for Enrollment Solutions (EES) is an annual licensing program designed specifically to address the unique needs of higher education institutions. Under the terms and conditions of this agreement all ISU students are eligible to download and have access to commonly used Microsoft software including anti-virus protection, operating system upgrades, and Office Suites for use on their own personal computer.

Important Notes
  • If you withdraw from INDIANA STATE for any reason before graduation you must remove the software from your computer immediately.
  • Upon graduation, students are granted "perpetual use" rights for the current version of the licensed products.

Due to our licensing agreement with Microsoft, some packages including operating systems (Windows) and Office may only be downloaded when the semester classes are in session and you are actively taking classes. The student is responsible for full compliance with all software license terms under this agreement.

Distance education students who live outside the Terre Haute city limits can request a physical copy be mailed to them if they are having trouble downloading a specific software package. Contact the Technology Assistance Group at (812) 237-2910 for more information.

Internet Access (IE v8 or higher, Chrome, Firefox, Safari)

This will help you to work efficiently online. Your basic skills to be successful online logistically include moderate typing and mouse skills, familiarity with Microsoft office products such as Word and Excel, and knowledge of Internet search and navigation.

As an Indiana State Online student, you have full access to our IT help desk who can answer any of your computer and software questions. We cover more about this service in the Support Services section of this orientation.


Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

Indiana State University online programs are closed to all students residing in a country other than the United States, including U.S. Territories, or Canada, except U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.