Student Tech Quick Start
Make sure your computing resources are in place for the start of class. Follow our guidelines below to get started.
The Right Computer
To make sure your computer is powerful enough to support learning at CMU, we recommend a Mac or PC that meets the specifications listed below. Always check with your school or instructors, however, as some may have specific requirements.
If you require a new computer or accessories, the CMU Tech Store is available to assist with your purchase for delivery or pick up.
|Recommended OS||macOS 11 Big Sur|
|Processor*||Any Intel or Apple Silicon (M1, M1 Pro, etc.)|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
*Note: Mac computers with an Apple Silicon (M1) processor are unable to run Windows software through Boot Camp or VMware Fusion. If you have an M1 Mac, you can still access supported applications through Virtual Andrew.
|Processor||Core i5 2.4 GHz|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
Connect to Campus Internet
Our campus wireless networks provide all the bandwidth you need.
- Use CMU-SECURE for your wireless connection on campus.
- Use CMU-DEVICE to connect your smart devices, including gaming systems, smart speakers like Alexa or Google Home, and Smart TVs.
Find On-Campus Tech
Windows, Mac, and Linux computer labs are available across campus and offer extensive software selections. All computer labs are available for drop-in use 24/7 without an appointment unless reserved for a class. Find the lab closest to you using our map.
Many software programs like Microsoft Office, think-cell and Autodesk are available for free with your Andrew account. Visit our Software Catalog for the full list of programs you can download.
Need a Windows computer but don't have one? You can log into a PC virtually with Virtual Andrew. Virtual Andrew provides remote access to a number of software titles from your Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android devices. This is a great option when software is not available for download or cannot be run on your personal computer due to hardware limitations.
Need remote, command-line access to a Linux system? Most of the software that requires a Linux environment is available in Timeshare Linux, including MATLAB, SAS and Minitab.
We're Here for You!
Does your parent need access to your grades or billing? Don't give them your Andrew log in details! Instead, grant them access to your account via My Plaid Student by logging in to Student Information Online (SIO).
ENABLE ACCESS TO MY PLAID STUDENT
Our Service Status page shows you the status of services you use daily, like wireless, email, printing, and more. If you're experiencing an issue, check the page for details.
Have a tech question? Ask our Chatbot, Scotty, or search the Computing Services website. We have how-to guides for all of your favorite resources.
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