Technology Requirements

User Skills and Support


It is expected that each student will take personal responsibility for developing the skills necessary to use basic computing applications.

The first step is to "know yourself." Whether you are new to computers or have been using them for years, you will want to assess your FGCU academic and technology skills and be certain that you have mastered those tasks that are needed in your role as a student. This self-assessment survey takes 3 to 5 minutes to complete and will help you identify areas where you need to get help, and provide information on where help is available. After submitting your responses you will receive a score for each section and suggestions to help you master the skills necessary to succeed.

The Self-assessment survey is located at

Tech Support

To assist you, each of the University's public computing labs have student lab assistants who can answer questions when you are on campus. You may also call (239) 590-7100 to make an appointment for personalized training.

For more on Technology support and resources at FGCU, go to the FGCU Technology Resources webpage.

Recommended Minimum Hardware Configuration

A computer with an internet connection, and the software necessary to use the Internet to communicate and access information/resources are fundamental to participating effectively as a distance learner.


FGCU's Computing Services department maintains a Student Computer Recommendation list at Use this list to assess a computer that you own, or if you are considering the purchase of a new computer.

If you are considering the purchase of a new computer, shop and compare among the name brands. Educate yourself and become a smart shopper. The key features to compare are:

  • Amount of Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • Capacity of the hard drive
  • Internet/network connectivity
  • Wireless capability
  • Monitor size
  • USB ports
  • Technical support plans and warranty policies

Internet Connectivity

24/7 access to a reliable Internet connection is needed.


Microsoft Office is the standard software commonly used in FGCU courses. When purchasing a new computer, some vendors bundle Microsoft Office with the computer.

The bookstore carries the version currently being used and offers educational discounts to students.

Special software may be required for a course. Search for your course(s) in the Online Course Schedule at to see what text book, software, or other materials may be required. The instructor for the course and the bookstore can also provide this information.


When you become an FGCU student, an FGCU Student e-mail account is established for you (Eagle Mail). Instructions for activating and using your Eagle Mail e-mail account can be found at