Students enrolled in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary or Cornerstone University's online programs must have reliable access to a computer and high-speed Internet access. If you are taking an online course, it is expected that you will own a computer that meets the requirements below and that you have access to the Internet from your home.
Email and Internet connections are a primary means of participating in courses and are thus necessary and significant contributors to academic success at Cornerstone University. Please review your computer's specifications to determine whether they meet or exceed the minimum requirements listed below.
- Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.6+
- Computer Processor: 2+ GHz Dual Core or Intel
- Computer Memory: 256 MB
- Available Disk Space: 500 MB
*Tablet devices, such as the Apple iPad, are great supplemental tools, but they do not meet CU's minimum technology requirements.
Students must have the ability to save their assignments in Microsoft Office format (i.e. .doc/x). Microsoft Office is available to for enrolled students, at no cost, on the university portal. Alternative software such as Google Docs, LibreOffice or OpenOffic
On desktops and laptops, Google Chrome comes with both Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash players directly integrated and enabled by default. If you use Mozilla Firefox, please ensure you have the following plugins installed:
Select online courses include a requirement for live presentations conducted via the web (i.e. Google Hangout). A webcam, microphone and speakers/headphones will be required to participate in these assignments. When there is a live web-based presentation or online meeting required in a course, professors schedule the meeting(s) weeks in advance with multiple options so students can make the necessary arrangements to participate.
- Computer Memory: 6 GB recommended; 2 GB minimum
- Available Disk Space: 30 GB recommended; 20 GB minimum
- Video Card: 1 GB DirectX 11 Compatible; 512 DirectX 10 Compatible