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Computer Hardware Requirements

  • One of the following operating systems with sufficient rights on the device to install software:
    • Windows 10 (or higher)
    • Mac OS* 11 (or higher)
  • One of the following web browsers with the ability to allow popups:
    • Google Chrome (PREFERRED) – most recent stable version or two preceding versions
    • Mozilla Firefox – most recent stable version or two preceding versions
    • Apple Safari – two most recent major versions
    • Microsoft Edge – most recent stable version or two preceding versions
  • Broadband internet connection 1Mbps required, 25 Mbps or faster preferred
  • Webcam

* Coursework in some courses in Engineering Technology programs require a Windows-based computer to run software and access external hardware.

Special Technical Considerations

  • Electronic Books (E-Books): Many UA Grantham courses utilize e-books in addition to printed materials. Accessing an e-book provided with a course can be accomplished on multiple devices that include iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and web browser. If your e-book is being supplied by an outside vendor, specific device and version compatibility information can be found on the company website.
  • Proctored Exams: UA Grantham utilizes the Guardian web browser for proctored exams; students can only take a proctored exam using the Guardian web browser. To download and install Guardian go to To learn more about online proctoring, view this video. In addition to the necessary computer software, a webcam will be required for proctored exams.
  • Apple Computers: Macs are capable of navigating UA Grantham’s web-based interface; however UA Grantham cannot ensure full functionality. The student is ultimately responsible for remedying any incompatibilities between the Mac platform and the UA Grantham online learning environment. Several courses require the installation of third-party software. This software may or may not be compatible with Macs. It is the student’s responsibility to run the software on a compatible platform.
  • Microsoft Software: Many UA Grantham courses will require the use of additional Microsoft software. This software will require the ability to extract and install from downloaded ISO files. Each version of Microsoft Windows will handle this in different ways.
  • Engineering Technology Students: Courses in the engineering technology programs require a Windows based machine in order to run the software and access external hardware.
  • Links to third-party software vendor support information: The following links are provided to assist the student with the Blackboard environment:
  • Blackboard Learn Environment
  • Blackboard Collaborate Environment

This list is subject to change and does not ensure your ability to access the Internet. See your ISP and system manufacturer for more details and specifics.

Applicants/students must have ready access to a computer meeting the standards outlined in this section, must be able to download and install software and must have reliable high-speed internet. Failure to meet and maintain these standards may result in either denied admission or removal from courses.