Technical Requirements

If you’re planning to enroll in our online classes, you’ll need regular access to a computer with internet access. The following suggested and required computer standards can help you avoid some common technical problems.

  • Internet Access
    • DSL, cable or higher bandwidth is required
    • If you have dial-up (56K or less for bandwidth), you may need to use the computers at a local library or in one of SFCC’s computer labs to download large documents required by some courses
  • Hardware
    • Windows with Pentium I5 or equivalent
    • Macintosh I3 or higher
    • IOS or Android tablets with Wi-Fi or 3G+
    • 4 GB or higher recommended
    • Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher recommended
  • Software
    • Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Macintosh with OS X 10.5 or higher
    • Browser and plugin support
    • Browser support list
      • Cookies- and JavaScript-enabled browsers required
      • Java – most recent version
      • Pop-up blockers disabled
    • Microsoft Word/Office is suggested for most courses and required for others; review each course syllabus for specific course requirements
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Plugin – both the reader and browser plugins are free
    • Security software – Keep all your definitions for both spyware and virus software updated
    • Software Compatibility List
  • Email
    • Each student has an SFCC email account. This email account is used for all institutional correspondence, such as information from Financial Aid, Student Services, Admissions and Outreach, etc. Student email is accessed through mySTAR, the campus portal. FAQs and assistance are located on the main page of the portal.
    • Check course mail and email at least three times a week.

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