Software & Supplies

In addition to textbooks and other miscellaneous supplies required in individual courses, students pursuing an Information Technologies degree will also need the following.

Storage Media

Students will provide their own removable media (USB drives, etc.).

PCs or Laptops

Courses offered by the School of Creative & Information Technologies do not require students to own their own computers. However, many students find owning a personal or laptop computer to be advantageous from the standpoints of convenience and time management.

Minimum Recommended Computing Specifications:

Intel I5 Dual Core 2.7 GHz or better processor
4GB RAM or greater
256MB Video Card
250GB SATA Hard Drive
8X CD/DVD Burner, if desired
Premium Lithium Ion Battery (example: 85 WHr 9-cell)
Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless 802.11 (g, n, and/or ac)
Screen Resolution should be 1024x768 or higher
64-bit Windows 10
Integrated Webcam with Microphone recommended
Backup utility is strongly recommended
No Productivity Software pre-installed
1 Year In-Home Service Parts & Labor Warranty

Computer Recommendations:

When buying a new computer, Technology Services recommends systems using Windows 10. 

OSUIT students are offered great deals from Dell every day. Use the Dell Education Purchase Program to receive a discount on your computer purchases.

Dell Online Store (Member ID:US29831794)


Students in the School of Creative & Information Technologies utilize a variety of software packages throughout their coursework, and have access to several software packages through two different sources:

Through MS Imagine, students can receive the most recent Microsoft development tools, operating systems, server software, documentation and technical references without charge. For eligibility, the student must be enrolled in an IT program.

To request access to the School of Creative & Information Technologies' MS Azure site, please contact our MS Azure at You must use your OSU OrangeMail email and list your username (O-Key shortname) and currently enrolled courses.

Note: All products obtained through the MS Azure partnership are for non-commercial use only, and neither OSU Institute of Technology nor the School of Creative & Information Technologies can provide support for any products acquired through MS Azure.

While every attempt is made to ensure that the information provided is accurate and complete, this information is subject to change without notice.