Check Your Computer

Ecampus students are expected to be familiar with computers, the internet and email. You can use our computer checklist below see if your device meets the minimum requirements needed for Oregon State's online and hybrid courses in Canvas.

Need computer help?

If you are an Oregon State student and need assistance with your computer setup, check the IS Knowledge Base or contact the IS Service Desk.

Microsoft Office 365 at no cost

All enrolled Oregon State students have access to the latest full version of Office 365 (Office 2016 Pro Plus) at no cost via the Microsoft Student Advantage Program. Learn more »

Required hardware and software

To use Canvas, OSU students must have access to the following:

  • Operating system (What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?)
    • PC: Windows 7 or newer (recommended)
    • Mac: OSX 10.10 or newer (recommended)
    • Linux: chromeOS
    • Mobile: iOS 12.0 or newer , Android 5.0 or newer 
  • Web browser (Which browsers does Canvas support?)
    • Chrome 79 or newer 
    • Firefox 73 or newer 
    • Safari 12 or newer 
    • Edge 79 or newer 
  • Internet speed and computer specifications
    • A high-speed internet connection (cable, DSL or similar), minimum of 512kbps
    • A sound card and speakers
    • Adobe Reader 8 or newer 
  • Virus protection software
    • Up-to-date virus protection software
  • Other software
    • An email account
    • Note: Ensure mail from OSU and Ecampus is not automatically blocked
    • Word processing software
    • Some classes may have specific requirements for additional software. These requirements will be listed in the course syllabus. They may include:
      • Adobe Flash Player 31 or newer 

Strongly recommended hardware

  • Webcam
    • Webcam (640x480 resolution minimum, 1280x720 resolution recommended)