Saint Mary's students are responsible for checking their personal devices (computers, tablets, smartphones) for compatibility with Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students before installing the software.

    Saint Mary's students are responsible for checking their computer to make sure it is compatible with ResNet and any software they purchase through the Microsoft Campus Agreement. Students are expected to confirm the compatibity of their personal computers prior to arriving on campus and before obtaining the Microsoft software.

    Students wishing to upgrade their version of macOS (or Mac OS X) should also refer to Apple's website to confirm compatibility for their computer model.

    Students wishing to upgrade their version of Windows should also refer to their computer's documentation or manufacturer's website to confirm compatibility and the availability of drivers for their computer model.

    Click here to view the recommended and minimum computer specifications for ResNet.

    Click here to view the required computer specifications for Microsoft software (Office and Windows).

    The instructions below assume that you are checking your computer's specifications for compatibility with Microsoft software, since those typically exceed the minimum specifications for connecting to ResNet.


    To check your Mac OS X system specifications for Office 365 ProPlus for Students (Office 2016 for Mac) compatibility:

    1. Go to the Apple menu (in the upper left corner) and select About this Mac.
    2. The software version must meet or exceed Mac OS X Version 10.10 for Office 2016 compatibility. If you are running an earlier version of Mac OS X you will need to run Software Update first to be compatible.
    3. The Processor must be Intel for Office 2016 compatibility.
    4. The Memory must be 4GB or more (RAM) for Office 2016.
    5. To check the hard drive capacity and free space available, click once on the Macintosh HD icon on your desktop. Go to the File menu and select Get Info. The Available space should exceed 6GB for Office 2016 compatibility.

    To check your Windows 10 system specifications for Office 365 ProPlus for Students (Office 2016 for Windows) compatibility:

    1. From the Start menu, select Settings.
    2. Click on System.
    3. Click on About in the left column.
    4. In the right column of the window, will find the version of Windows 10 you are running. Both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are supported at Saint Mary's College, and are compatible with Office 2016.
    5. You will also see the processor type, speed, and installed Memory (RAM) on your computer.
      • You need at least a 1GHz processor for Office 2016 for Windows, and need at least 2GB of memory (RAM).
    6. To see how much space is available on your hard drive, go to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and click on the yellow folder icon for File Explorer. In the left column, click on the arrow next to This PC to expand its list (if it has not already been expanded). The Local Disk (C:) drive is likely your primary drive. Right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Properties.
      • You need at least 3GB free space for Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows.

    To check your Windows 8 system specifications for Office 365 ProPlus for Students (Office 2016) compatibility:

    1. To access the Desktop from the Start screen in Windows 8, click on the Desktop tile or press the Windows logo and D keys on the keyboard.
    2. From the Desktop in Windows 8, move your cursor to the upper right corner of your screen to pull up the Charms bar. Select Settings. Select PC Info.
    3. In the window that appears, will find the version of Windows 8 you are running. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are supported at Saint Mary's College, and are compatible with Office 2016.
    4. Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro are supported at Saint Mary's College, and are compatible with Office 2016.
    5. You will also see the processor type, speed, and installed Memory (RAM) on your computer.
      • You need at least a 1GHz processor for Office 2016 for Windows, and need at least 2GB of memory (RAM).
    6. To see how much space is available on your hard drive, go to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and click on the yellow folder icon for File Explorer. In the left column, click on Computer to expand its list (if it has not already been expanded). The Local Disk (C:) drive is likely your primary drive. Right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Properties.
      • You need at least 3GB free space for Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows.

    To check your Windows 7 system specifications for Office 365 ProPlus for Students (Office 2016) for Windows compatibility:

    1. Go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer, and select Properties.
    2. In the window that appears, will find the version of Windows 7 you are running. Only Windows 7 Professional Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition are supported at Saint Mary's College.
      • You need at least Windows 7 Professional Edition SP1 or Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 installed for Office 2016 for Windows compatibility.
    3. You will also see the processor type, speed, and installed Memory (RAM) on your computer.
      • You need at least a 1GHz processor for Office 2016 for Windows, and need at least 2GB of memory (RAM).
    4. To see how much space is available on your hard drive, go to the Start menu and select Computer. The Local Disk (C:) drive is likely your primary drive, and it will list how much space is available and the total capacity of the hard drive.
      • You need at least 3.0GB of free space available for Office 2016.

    Prices are subject to change at any time. There are no refunds or exchanges for Microsoft Campus Agreement software purchases.


Last Modified May 3, 2017