The only hardware requirement is a network/Ethernet interface (RJ45 port) to connect to the campus network. Ethernet cables are available at the IT Department in the Library to connect your PC or laptop to a data port in your room.
As of Fall 2011, IT will support Windows 7. Macintosh OS 10.4 + is supported on a very limited basis.
All student owned computers in residence halls are subject to successfully completing automatic remediation. This ensures anti-virus software is up-to-date, Windows critical patches are up-to-date and an anti-spyware application is installed and up-to-date. The university does not provide antivirus software for student PC's.
When buying a computer, be sure to get whatever "restore" or "resource" CD/DVD's that are available. These disks contain all of the information necessary to restore your computer to the condition it was in when you got it in the event of a major system problem. When setting up your computer for the first time, if you are given the opportunity to create restore CD/DVD, do so.
When you bring your computer to campus, be sure to bring along all of the CD/DVD's and manuals that came with it: the "restore" CD/DVD, operating system CD/DVD with drivers for your hardware, and software that came with the computer.