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, two (Wenger 401 and 402) with 24 hour access.

On the Fishersville campus there are no computer labs, so owning your own device is required

We do not recommend Chromebooks.


PC: Windows 10 or 11
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 10/11.
8 Gb or more memory (RAM), 256 GB or more storage

802.11 b/g/n/ac wireless card (WiFi)

MacOS Ventura, Sonoma, or Monterey (or newer when available)
Updated Virus Protection 2.8 GHz dual core or faster processor. We recommend an Intel i5, AMD Ryzen 5, or Apple Silicon (M1 or greater) processor for 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 flash/jumb drive, 8GB or greater
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.

Mary Baldwin provides wired and wireless access to all students that have a valid student account. Mary Baldwin residential buildings have one wired network port per student, plus wireless access. 

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. 

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.