Laptop Specifications

Massachusetts Maritime Academy requires that all cadets have a laptop computer, tablet, or other computing device. These may be purchased through the Academy bookstore or other retail outlets. Please make sure new laptops meet the following requirements for hardware and software:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or higher; Mac OSX 10.6 or higher; Ubuntu 12.04 or variants
    • Please Note: Devices running Chrome OS are not recommended as Chrome OS is not compatible with the test proctoring software being utilized.
  • Processor: 2GHz+ recommended
  • Memory: 4GB+ recommended
  • Wireless Adapter
  • Warranty: 3+ years on-site, next business day with accidental damage coverage recommended
  • Antivirus Software with auto-update and active scanning required INCLUDING Mac OSX
  • If using wired connections: 25' category 5e/6 network cable

Desktop printers are discouraged

MMA policy prohibits personal wireless APs in the dormitories, the reason for this is that personal APs interfere with the existing wireless signals and thus diminish everyone else's service.  Additionally, personal APs create a security vulnerability.

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