Computer Purchase

Student-Owned Computers

ORU professors expect students to own their own computers and printers. Specifications are provided here for two types of computers, a Windows-based machine and an Apple machine. Both sets are minimum specifications. To decide which is appropriate for intended studies, students should refer to the lists of schools and departments that follow the specifications. Student computers should have either Windows or Mac OS. All other software can be downloaded from the Internet or purchased at the ORU Bookstore when students arrive on campus. The bookstore often offers software at prices that have educational discounts. Students are encouraged to consult with their professors before purchasing or downloading software.

A student may purchase a computer from any source or bring one from home if it meets the minimum requirements. Students are not able to have personal wireless routers in the dormitories, so they should not be purchased.

Financial aid may be available to assist a student in financing a computer. Any interested student needs to notify his or her financial aid specialist for more information. A student can use financial aid for a computer purchase once every four years. A student will need to wait until financial aid is disbursed, apply for a refund and then can utilize the refunds towards the computer purchase.

Questions should be directed to the ORU Admissions Department at 918.495.6518.

Minimum Requirements

Windows-Based Computers

 Buy a Dell


  • 2.8+ GHz processor (or 1.8+ Duo Core processor)
  • 1 GB RAM (2+ GB RAM recommended)
  • 120 Gb hard drive
  • 10BaseT Network Card (NIC)
  • 802.11 b/g wireless card
  • External Storage Device
  • 1 GB (or larger) USB flash drive


  • Windows operating system 
  • Microsoft Office 
  • Internet Explorer
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Antivirus Software
  • Antispyware Software
  • Appropriate Firewall

Apple Computers

 Buy an Apple


  • Macintosh laptop* (with at least 14" monitor) or desktop (with at least 17" monitor)
  • Intel duo core processor
  • 1 GB RAM (Upgrade to at least 2 GB RAM recommended)
  • 80 Gb hard drive
  • Superdrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Airport (802.11g wireless) and Bluetooth (both standard on new Macs)
  • External Storage Device
  • 1 GB (or larger) USB flash drive


  • Mac OS 10.4 operating system
  • ILife (iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and Garage Band)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Antivirus software (Intego VirusBarrier or Norton Antivirus)
  • Appropriate Firewall
  • Apple Care 3yr extended coverage recommended  

These are minimum requirements.  ORU does support 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking.  Wireless is provided in all the residential areas and in many of the classroom spaces.  We also provide two hard wired Ethernet connections in each dorm room and can support 10/100/1000 Mbps connections.