Recommended Student PC Configuration


On the Staunton campus, having your own computer  is not a requirement, but many students find if it convenient to own one. There are computer labs with printers around campus,one with 24 hour access.

On the Fishersville campus there are no computer labs, so owning your own device is required. The type of device is up to you.


PC: Windows 8, or Windows 10
with the latest Service Pack and updates installed.
Firewall must be turned “on”
Updated Virus Protection
2.8 GHz dual core or faster processor. We recommend an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor for Windows 10 and MacOS.
4 Gb or more memory (RAM) (8 Gb if running Windows 10)
802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless card (WiFi)

MacOS 10.11 “El Capitan” or higher
Updated Virus Protection 2.8 GHz dual core or faster processor. We recommend an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor for Windows 10 and MacOS.
8 Gb or more memory (RAM)
240 GB Hard Disk or larger
802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless card (WiFi)

Other Options You May Want:
A USB jump drive 
10′ to 15′ Cat-5 Ethernet cable
a surge protector
a personal laser or inkjet printer and USB cable. Note that due to the density of WiFi use in dorms, wireless printing is not recommended.

Mary Baldwin Network Acceptable Use Policies

You are REQUIRED to READ the Acceptable Use Policies and Guidelines regarding use of Mary Baldwin facilities, network ID and email accounts.

Connection to the Mary Baldwin network is a privilege, not a right, and subject to compliance with all the provisions of the Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the Mary Baldwin computer network implies your acceptance and compliance with all rules, policies and regulations.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Mary Baldwin also provides wired and wireless access to all students that have a valid student account. All Mary Baldwin buildings on both campuses are covered with one wired network port per student, plus wireless access. While the wireless connection can be convenient, IT recommends that you connect to the network with a cable when you can, as it is faster and more reliable than wireless.

To connect to the campus network your device must have a wireless network adapter, or a wired network adapter with a Category 5 connection cable. It must also have an up-to-date web browser. If you have a device that does not have browser capability you will not be able to connect it to the Mary Baldwin network. The browser is required to authenticate to the network. Note that many Smart TVs and game consoles do not allow the user to enter their username and password to a browser window. Devices that cannot authenticate to the MBU network with a MBU username and password will not receive network access.

In order to access the Mary Baldwin wired network, you will need to authenticate through a special web page. When you connect you are re-directed to the authentication page. You enter your Mary Baldwin Username and your Mary Baldwin password.  Note: Students are not allowed to “extend the network” by connecting additional hubs, routers, switches or personal wireless access points to the Mary Baldwin network.

The support provided by IT is limited to assisting students, faculty, and staff with connecting computers to the Mary Baldwin network. We assist students who are having problems connecting to the web, e-mail and to their network drives on the file servers. Other hardware and software problems will need to be referred to an authorized vendor.

* WARNING *Any Vulnerable or Infected computers found on the Mary Baldwin Network will be disconnected immediately, and will remain offline until the computer is properly updated and patched by the user, and the user can prove their PC is no longer a threat to the campus community.