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Device Requirements


Minimum and Recommended Specifications for BYOD Devices
2024-2025 school year

 Important Note:  Only Grades 11 & 12 may use a BYOD device for the 2024-2025 school year.  Grades 5-12 will be furnished with a school-owned device.


Operating System- Windows 11 64-bit Home (No S Mode) or Professional for compatibility with Holy Cross wireless network, software, and services.  MacBook’s, Chromebooks, and iPads are not device optionsCurrent students who have a MacBook may continue to use the device.   If a current student needs to replace their MacBook we ask that you purchase a lower-cost Windows device.

Please be sure the computer has all the latest Manufacturer and Operating System updates.


Battery life- 6+ hours recommended. Batteries cannot be charged on campus for safety considerations.


Cellular- Devices are not allowed to have cellular access. 


Screen Size- A minimum of a 12-inch screen is required.


Keyboard/Mouse- An attachable keyboard is required. When deciding please remember students will write papers in most classes. A wireless mouse is recommended.


Webcam- All devices are required to have an integrated webcam capable of a send or receive video resolution of 720p or higher.


Memory- 6GB is the minimum recommendation with 8GB or 12GB suggested but not required. 16GB of RAM is the minimum recommended for students who plan to enroll in AutoCAD classes. 


Processor- Equivalent to Intel i5 or i7.


Internal Storage- A minimum of 128GB SSD (Solid-State Drive). 


Wireless Network Adapter- 802.11ax or 802.11ac  is required.  


Software- The device must be running licensed versions of all software, particularly operating system and anti-virus software. Student devices must have anti-virus software that has real protection enabled on the laptop prior to coming on campus.

 Warranty- Consider purchasing an extra/extended warranty for accidental damage protection or to reduce further repair costs. It is important to know if the warranty work will be performed locally or require the device to be shipped to get repaired.

 Insurance- You will need to check with your insurance company to determine the available options.

Repairs- Students must repair cracked screens, damaged or broken keyboards.