Computer Requirement 2016 - 2017

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1. Purchase your System

What You Will Need

Laptop or tablet computer (If you have declared a major, check the College and Department List of Specifications, or contact your department for a list of their computer requirements.)


Wireless Network Card
Wireless network service is available in all residence halls (except Thomas Hall and Monteith Hall) and most instructional and on-campus public areas. The university's wireless network supports the IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi) standard in the vast majority of service locations. 801.11n is compatible with all prior Wi-Fi standards. For optimum operation, devices should be dual-band 802.11n or 802.11ac capable.

If you have difficulty connecting, contact 4Help by filling out the form at or by calling 231-HELP (-4357).


NIC/Ethernet Card -  (Optional)
To optionally use residence hall or campus Ethernet connections, your computer should have a built in 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) or an external adapter with an RJ-45 connector. 
Note:  Only Ethernet is available in Thomas Hall and Monteith Hall.


25-foot Ethernet cable - if using Ethernet Card.


Printer with cable


2 Factor Authentication Device
The 2-Factor Authentication initiative at Virginia Tech makes personal information and university data networks safer from the persistent threat of cyber attacks and phishing. To increase security, Virginia Tech has implemented this high-security login process that requires a secondary confirmation of an individual’s identity at log-in, using a physical device in their possession. 

All students will be required to use 2 Factor authentication. 

**Register at least one device that you plan to bring with you to Virginia Tech by visiting: After entering your PID and password, follow the prompts to enroll in 2-factor authentication. 

For more information on Login and 2-factor authentication, see and Using 2-Factor Authentication.

If you have questions about or need assistance enrolling in 2-factor authentication, please call 540-231-HELP (4357).  Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Software Suite
Incoming Undergraduate Software Bundle.

In order to help streamline the university’s support for our students and to ensure that all students have access to the latest versions of the Microsoft productivity suite and operating system, all incoming undergraduate and transfer students are required to purchase the Incoming Undergraduate bundle. This Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions software can only be obtained through Virginia Tech Student Software Distribution due to licensing differences with other sources.

The Enrollment for Education Solutions license includes Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus (for both Windows and Macintosh), the Microsoft Operating System and client access licenses for connecting to Microsoft servers. Students are entitled to upgrades at no additional cost on these products as long as they remain an undergraduate at Virginia Tech. Students who own Macintosh systems will have access to the Mac version of Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus as well as the Windows version of Office 365 Pro Plus and the Windows Operating System.

We realize that if you purchase a new computer that it will ship with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 so you are probably asking why you need to purchase the Operating System again. Bundle purchases receive Operating System and Office Suite upgrades when they become available at no additional charge. Additionally support for these applications is streamlined as technicians refine support programs. Students will gain access to Office 365 Pro Plus during summer orientation. Access to the operating system will be available beginning August 17, 2016. Programmatic software for students majoring in Architecture, Building Construction, Business, Engineering, and Landscape Architecture will be available for distribution beginning August 17, 2016.  All further information can be found at Student Software Distribution