Student Computers FAQ


Most Trinity students choose to bring their own computer to campus for the sake of convenience and mobility. However, Trinity does provide many student computer labs around campus, so it is not an absolute necessity. The University does not sell computers directly, but there are discounts available for students that will help lower the cost.

 

Users

Trinity students (incoming and current)

 

Dorm Technology

Every dorm room comes equipped with a cable outlet and access to basic cable, HBO, and Cinemax. Students will need to bring a TV with a QAM 256 digital tuner and standard 75ohm coaxial cable. Dish Network provides digital cable in HD and SD, and Philo IPTV gives students the ability to watch and record shows using mobile devices or computers.

Each resident hall's phone and emergency broadcasting setup is different. Bring wireless-capable devices or wireless cards because there are no longer ethernet drops in most dorm rooms. There is high-speed wifi available in every dorm room though - in fact, 95% of campus is within our wifi network coverage area!

Students will use the TUSecure wireless network, a secure connection that can be accessed using your TU Network credentials. Students will receive their Trinity login credentials over the summer before their first semester, which will also give them access to Trinity email (Tmail) and other important applications.

 

Student Computer Recommendations

Brand

Trinity University can support any brand of computer. We have had great success supporting Dell and Apple computers on campus, but it is not necessary to buy from either of these manufacturers. From a troubleshooting standpoint, students can get full support from our HelpDesk or our Student Computer Service Center with any PC that is running Windows 7 or newer or any Mac running OSX or newer. Those who use Linux, Ubuntu, etc as the operating system will receive limited 'soft support' at these locations.

 

Processor

We would recommend new computer be purchased with at least an i5 processor at minimum. For even better speed and reliability, the i7 processor would be a great upgrade to consider.

 

RAM (memory)

8GB of RAM is the minimum recommended amount for a new computer purchase. Upgrading to 16GB or more might be one of the best performance to cost ratios available and should be considered if your budget allows.

 

Hard Disk Drive

Trinity recommends a hard drive of 256GB minimum. Due to the easy access of cloud storage these days there is not always a need to upgrade to a bigger hard drive, but if you store a lot of multimedia files like music, photos, or especially videos you should consider upgrading to a larger size. For the best performance and shortest bootup times, you should consider a solid state hard drive upgrade. While costly, these drives can provide the most noticeable speed increases.

 

Software

Because Trinity offers Windows and Microsoft Office to its students, you can purchase your computer with the bare minimum software package and upgrade to your preferred OS later. Trinity also offers antivirus software to all students.

 

Other Needs

Some majors, such as computer science or engineering, might require the use of resource-intensive software, so students considering those majors should research the software (e.g. MATLAB, Creo, Adobe Creative Cloud) and consider purchasing a machine with an upgraded CPU, more memory, and the most compatible operating system. Keep in mind that this specialized software is available in the Technology Commons lab located on the first floor of the Coates Library and through a virtual desktop, so students can use ITS services to complete coursework.

 

Student Computer Repairs

While at Trinity, students can bring their personal computers to one of the two Student Computer Service Center locations to get advice, configuration help, or select repairs.

 

Getting Help

If you have questions about student computing needs or would like more recommendations before making a big purchase, you can contact the ITS HelpDesk at helpdesk@trinity.edu or x7409.