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USM Technology Requirements

The University of Saint Mary is committed to helping students excel in their studies and to be prepared for their future employment.
To reach those goals, regular personal access to a computer—both inside and outside of the classroom—is an absolute necessity. You may be able to use an iPad or Android device, but there will be occasions where you will need to create content with a keyboard. Some professors may also require you to have a laptop to take their class. 
Beyond your studies here, you should know that regular exposure to and use of the latest in computer technology will better prepare you for the professional world. Today’s employers expect certain baseline competency with computers and common software applications, and many jobs will be out of your reach without computer experience. We intend to provide you with that experience, and to that end, USM strongly encourages that all new students have a laptop when they begin their studies.
Students are responsible for providing their own laptops, but USM will provide you with the latest Microsoft Office Suite, free of charge. Please note that your laptop must be able to run the latest version of Microsoft Office (2013 for PCs or 2011 for Macs).

For a full list of other recommended specifications, please see the chart below. For more information, please call the USM Help Desk at 913-758-6188.


USM Computer Specifications






i5 or i7


4 GB

6 GB

Hard Drive

300 GB

300 GB +

Optical Drive




10/100 Network Card

10/100/1000 Network Card


802.11 G/N or
Mac Airport Extreme

802.11 G/N or
Mac Airport Extreme

Operating System

Windows 7 or
Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Windows 8.1 or
MAC OS X Mavericks

Support &

Two-year extended warranty

Three year extended warranty
plan with accidental damage


Microsoft Office 2013 or
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

Microsoft Office 2013 or
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011


*USM will provide this software at no charge to the student.

Contact Information Services

On campus: ext. 6188

USM's Information Services is available on basement level of Miege Hall, Room 27.


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4100 South 4th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048

USM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA), and is an AQIP Participant.