Since our programs are fully online, you should have access to high-speed internet and ideally a newer computer that can support updated browsers, etc. (Note: Some programs do not work well in Internet Explorer).
You should be able to use a fairly basic computer (such as a laptop, PC desktop, or Mac), depending on which program you're interested in. Some programs require more advanced technology, which will be listed in the course description.
University programs often require proctored exams, and sometimes require videos for orientations or assignments, which means that you will need a webcam on your computer.
Can I Use A Chromebook?
The short answer is, it depends on the program. Some programs, like Rosetta Stone and Penn Foster’s programs, you shouldn’t experience issues using one. When it comes to university programs, however, there can be some pain points in using one.
Chromebooks cannot download non-google systems like Microsoft Word/Office, Java Script, etc. Some professors use Microsoft programs or others that require some kind of outside program to access them. As a result, you may not be able to access all of the documents you would need for school or even submit assignments in your professors’ preferred system.
If you are pursuing an option through one of our university programs, we would recommend going with a computer option rather than a Chromebook to avoid finding out that your computer might not work once you are in the program.
Can I Use My Phone?
Some programs can be completed on your phone (such as the Penn Foster High School Completion program), but students often find it easier to complete on a computer instead. In general, we recommend a computer with a physical keyboard so that you can type more easily.
If you are looking for a new computer or high-speed internet and meet certain requirements, the following programs may be able to offer you low-cost internet and computer/laptop options!
Article Contributor: Modesty Gomez, Education Coach