City University of Seattle Technology Standards

Requirements | Recommendations | Information Security | Classroom Technology Standards | Technology Discounts        


City University of Seattle requires every student to own or have access to a computer that is at a minimum capable of performing the following essential functions:

  • Producing MS Office 2007 or above formatted documents (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Graphical presentations
  • Reading MS Office 2010 or above formatted documents including any version prior to the current year (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Reading files in Adobe format (.pdf)
  • Allowing updates to existing or installation of new programs
  • Playing sound and video (including streaming content)
  • Accessing the Internet

Please note that individual programs may have additional requirements or recommendations, including:

Many computer configurations, operating systems, security settings, privacy settings, Internet browsers, and Internet access speeds are available. The specific set of tools and settings used in combination by students, faculty, and staff to access information and technology adopted by City University will determine system performance. See the resources below for vendor specific minimum system requirements:

Each student is required to maintain a student portal account and an email account that is provided by City University of Seattle via The City University of Seattle student portal and email systems are the primary medium for communication of official University correspondence, such as but not limited to policy changes, billing notices, registration notification, various guidelines and any information considered important (see complete Computer, Internet Access, and Email Account Requirement policy in University Catalog).



Students are recommended to have (these are not minimum requirements, but should provide a highly functional system to support the student’s studies):


  • 4G memory
  • 2GHz processor
  • 300G Hard drive
  • Optical Drive (DVD/CD)
  • WiFi (for laptops)
  • Microphone, camera, speakers (headset recommended)
  • High speed Internet access (DSL, Cable modem, T-1, WiFi, WiMax, etc.)

Software that is useful in general coursework (individual programs may require other software):

  • Office 2013 (PC), Office 2011 (Mac)
  • Adobe Reader (most current version)
  • Java (most current version)
  • Media player (e.g. VLC, QuickTime, WMV)

While many operating systems will work with the technology at CityU, best results are typically found with Windows 7 OS.


Information Security

City University uses a defense-in-depth to protect information stored on its systems, including the use of electronic systems and security processes. The most important component of our security strategy is people. Without cooperation and diligence on the part of students, staff and faculty it is impossible to provide complete security.

Students, staff and faculty do their part in information security by:

  1. Being cognizant of the importance of information security, of the risks of leaving sensitive information and systems exposed, and of the requirements for information security under CityU policy, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other laws and regulations.
  2. Ensuring that use of City University systems is within policy guidelines, that active computers and terminals are not left logged in and unsecured, and sensitive materials are not left in the open.
  3. Installing and maintaining passwords, firewalls and virus protection on all personal devices including computers, phones, tablets, etc. which are used to access City University systems and accounts.
  4. Using strong passwords for CityU accounts and don’t share those passwords with others.
  5. Immediately report security breaches and suspected security issues.

For additional recommendations and guidelines, see Information Security Tips for Students & Faculty


Classroom Technology Standards

Technology provided at CityU campuses includes:

  • Classroom computer with USB port(s)
  • Internet access
  • Access to standard presentation technologies including:
    • large-screen projection
    • connections for a laptop computer
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Desktop computer labs

To provide access to higher education, CityU partners with community colleges and technical colleges, local school districts, and with other private institutions of higher education to offer degree programs. The level of access to the Internet and technology may vary depending on the partner’s infrastructure or programs offered. In some cases, a technology fee for the partner school may apply.


Technology Discounts

To purchase software and other technology with an educational discount:


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