For the best online experience, a broadband connection to the Internet is recommended.

Many Internet Service Providers (ISP) throughout the state offer connections through Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) and over cable modem systems.

If you don’t have broadband service now, the Maine Office of the Public Advocate maintains a rate and coverage guide with comparisons of local services at this link is external to the University College website

Your computer hardware should meet these minimum recommendations:

Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8.x, 10
2.33GHz or faster processor
Apple Mac OS 10.6+ (Intel-based)
1.8 GHz or faster processor
Memory minimum 4GB
Supported Browsers Latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
or Safari
 Broadband signals are best when connected directly to your computer.  Wireless home routers may not deliver the full bandwidth available from your ISP.

Software requirements for online courses will vary according to the subject of study. However, a word processing program can be considered essential. Specific course requirements will be part of the syllabus.

Purchasing computer hardware and software
Computer Connection is the University of Maine System’s computer store for all students, faculty and staff. Substantial discounts may be available.

You may visit the store on the Orono campus of the University of Maine or purchase through their web store or by phone at: 800-261-5543

USM Computer Store