Bringing Your Computer to GSSM
The most important thing to consider when sending a computer to school with your student is reliability and repairability. A computer in excellent working condition and with active warranty coverage is an important asset for a Govie.
Use of GSSM technology is governed by the school's Appropriate Use Policy.
Are computers required?
No, but nearly all students bring them. While there are computers available in labs for student use, they are only available until 10:30pm and most students report working beyond that time to complete assignments and prepare for tests. Much of GSSM's coursework is assigned and submitted online.
What kind of computer will work best for me?
Computers sold in the past two or three years do everything that GSSM coursework requires. Most students bring Windows computers, but many also use Apple computers. Computer enthusiasts find that Linux computers working also work well at GSSM. Laptops can be extra handy when students work outside of their rooms.
What software do I need?
Every GSSM student is entitled to install a full version of Microsoft Office on up to five devices (Windows, Mac, Android, etc) without charge. This software will work while a student is enrolled at GSSM. There is no need for families to purchase Microsoft Office themselves. During the summer, students will receive their GSSM Outlook credentials which will enable them to download and install Office to their computers.
Every laptop and desktop computer must run up-to-date anti-virus software. Here is a recent review of free and inexpensive antivirus solutions.
Who can I ask for help?
Several GSSM students are trained and receive community engagement credit for assisting other students. It should come as no surprise that we have more than our share of computer wizards here! GSSM also has technical experts on staff who can help students diagnose problems.
What happens if my computer needs repair while I'm at GSSM?
If a computer is under warranty, we can help arrange the repair. We often refer students to computer repair organizations in town. Otherwise, students and their families make arrangements for repairs.
Where is the WiFi?
Some students bring a printer, but it is not required. Student Council sponsors and supports printers in the residence halls, and students often use the computer lab printers for assignments. The school does not charge for paper or toner used in its printers.
What else should I bring?
- A network cable (at least 10 feet long) if bringing a desktop computer
- Installation media for all of your software
- Warranty documentation, and a copy of the purchase receipt
- A surge suppressor
- Paper and plenty of ink if bringing a printer
These are the most important issues associated with bringing a computer to GSSM. If you have other questions, please contact us.