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Computer Hardware Requirements

Students must have access to a computer with the following configurations in order to benefit from and easily navigate Hawthorn University’s learning platform. A broadband connection is required. The computer should have a soundcard and speakers, webcam, and microphone. Students will need Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (free download: and a Skype account.

Additionally Windows Users should have:
•    Windows 7 or higher;
•    Minimum of 8 GB Memory;
•    Browser: Google Chrome version 60.0 or higher (Recommended)

Mac Users should have:
•    Mac OS X or higher;
•    Minimum of 8 GB Memory;
•    Browser: Mozilla Firefox 50.0 or higher.


Computer Competency Requirements

Hawthorn University students are expected to:

  • Perform basic functions, including creating, saving, copying, and retrieving files
  • Be able to upload and download documents
  • Format documents
  • Perform basic word processing activities
  • Engage in basic Internet activities, including subject searches
  • Should students experience any difficulty in navigating the system or in their general use of
  • the website, technical support is available through Hawthorn’s Help Desk system.

Take a Survey to Eliminate your Doubts

If you are unsure if online learning fits your personal education needs, please feel free to take the following brief survey