UPDATE: Telephone and IT issues on East Campus - Thursday July 31, 2014 Click for details.

Student Purchases

In order to access any of the sites below, you must use Microsoft Internet Explorer as the browser. You will need your RIC network username and password. When the dialog box appears, enter your username and password in the appropriate fields. You must enter ric-acad in the domain field. If the domain field does not appear in the dialog box, you must precede your username with ric-acad\ (ex: ric-acad\jdoe_1234). Your username is constructed by taking the first letter of your first name followed by your last name, followed by an underscore "_" and the last four digits of your student ID - click here for more information.

Recommended Computer Configuration for RIC Students:

In order to properly integrate with the Rhode Island College campus network, the College recommends the following minimum requirements:

Standard Windows Computer

  • Intel Core Duo/AMD Phenom or better processor
  • Minimum of 4 GB RAM
  • A 10/100/1000 network interface card
  • Laptops -Wireless b/g/n networking support
  • Hard drive with a minimum capacity of 250 GB or larger
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • CD/DVD +/- RW Drive
  • Micorosft Office 2013 (available through your Office 365 account)
  • 3 year manufacturer's warrenty
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As of July 1, 2014, matriculated students who have registered for fall semester will have the ability to download the Microsoft Office 2013 online free of charge. Microsoft Office 2013 comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync and InfoPath. To learn how to install Microsoft Office 2013, visit http://www.ric.edu/studenttoolbox/Office_365/officesoftware.htm.

Note:You will be able to install the Microsoft Office up to 5 machines [PC and Mac]. If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk at 456-8803.

Standard Apple Computer

  • Processor Intel i5 (or better)
  • Minimum of 4 GB RAM
  • A 100/1000 network interface card
  • Laptops -Wireless b/g/n networking support
  • Hard drive with a minimum capacity of 160G
  • Mac OS X
  • Microsoft Office 2011 (media available at Campus STore through Microsoft Campus Agreement)*
  • 3 year manufacturer’s warranty
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As of July 1, 2014, matriculated students who have registered for fall semester will have the ability to download the latest version of Office for a Mac online free of charge. Office for Mac comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. To learn how to install the lastest version of Office for a Mac, visit http://www.ric.edu/studenttoolbox/Office_365/officesoftware.htm.

Note: You will be able to install the Microsoft Office up to 5 machines [PC and Mac]. If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk at 456-8803.


Tablets and netbooks

While tablets such as Apple's iPad or Motorola's Xoom are lightweight and handy for taking notes in class, running phone apps, and reading e-books, the current models do not have the power and flexibility to replace a laptop computer. Netbooks are scaled-down laptops and will meet the computing requirements of some students. However, most student computer needs are better served by purchasing a computer with the specifications listed above.


Decisions between a desktop or a laptop system is personal preference; either type will work on the campus network, provided it meets or exceeds the above-mentioned requirements.

If you have questions regarding computer compatibility with the campus network contact campuscard@ric.edu or call 401-456-8394.

Page last updated: July 16, 2014