Prospective Pharmacy Students

Q&A

We have put together the following questions and answers to help you better understand the technology available at Pacific University, as well as what you should bring with you to college. If you have a question that is not answered on this site, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Do I need to have a computer to attend Pacific University?

Yes. It is required for every incoming Pharmacy student to posses and use their own PC based laptop computer. Computers and the internet are very important for achieving academic excellence.

Computers are used for completing assignments, performing research, receiving class announcements and assignments, checking grades, and communicating with colleagues. The importance of computers and the internet to your overall educational experience cannot be over emphasized.

What kind of computer should I buy?

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To attend the School of Pharmacy, you should purchase a PC based laptop computer. This is a reqiurement for Pharmacy students.

PC based computers running Windows have the largest marketshare by far: About 93% of all new personal computers sold run some version of windows. Computers running Linux an Mac OS each represent about 3% of the Market.

Make sure that any computer you buy meets with our recommendations.

What if I cannot afford to buy my own computer?

Financial Aid is generally available to Pharmacy students to assist with technology needs in amounts up to $2,500, through the first year "books & supplies" award. This financial aid can also be used to purchase software, printers, and other perpheral devices.

I currently have a computer, but it does not quite meet the recommendations. Should I buy a new one?

Our recommendations are designed to make you experience as smooth as possible. Computers with lower specifications may work, but are not guaranteed to meet the requirements for the academic coursework, and may cause you unnecessary hassles.

What kind of internet access is available to students?

All classrooms, conference rooms, the library, and residence halls provide network access through either 802.11b/g wireless or a wired connection. There are also many commercial Internet service providers in the area for those living off campus.

What if I have a question or need help?

The Technology Information Center is available to help troubleshoot and solve many of the problems you may encounter during your college career. It offers face-to-face support for both desktop and laptop systems.

TIC Services include:

Are there computer labs available for student use?

Pacific University has three computer labs for general student use. Additionally, we have a dedicated math/CS computer lab and multiple media computer labs. The general labs are located on the lower level of Marsh Hall and have a variety of software available for general use. They can be accessed 24 hours a day with your Boxer ID card.