Technology & Internet Requirements

Online students must have reliable and current computer tools during the entire quarter they are enrolled in a class taught via the Internet. Online instructors report that students with outdated and unreliable equipment often drop their online classes. Listed below are technology and internet requirements for online students. You must have access to a computer and the Internet five out of seven days a week. You can use a combination of computers at home, work, and/or at school.  Computer labs are available to Olympic College students on both the Shelton and Bremerton campuses (see link at right).

Computer Requirements


  • Processor: Pentium 90-MHz (Recommended: Pentium II or III, 300 MHz or better)
  • Memory (RAM): 64 MB (Recommended: 128 MB or more)
  • Operating Systems: Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000 
  • Modem: 28.8 or higher 
  • CD ROM drive: Internal or external
  • Word processing application: (Recommended: Microsoft Word )


  • Processor: iMac or G3/64 Power PC 
  • Memory (RAM):64 MB (recommended 128 MB or more)
  • Operating Systems: MacOS 8.6 or higher 
  • Modem: 28.8 or higher
  • CD ROM drive:  Internal or external 
  • Word processing application (recommended:  Word or similar program)


Internet & Email Access

  • You must have a private email address that you check regularly. As an OC student, you have access to an email account that you can access from anywhere you have an Internet connection (including home). If you have not yet activated your account, follow the instructions for opening your own account in the Student Computing Guide (see link at right). If you have trouble, contact Information Technology at 360-475-7600.

  • Reliable Internet access provided by an internet service provider such as AT&T, MSN, Earthlink, AOL (or any other reliable ISP that you may prefer).

    AOL User Warning
    AOL users have reported frustration in using AOL as their ISP while taking an online class because AOL "times out" users on a frequent and regular basis. If you are an AOL user, you should go into "Settings" on your AOL menu bar and extend the time between "time outs." When you plan to access Blackboard, use AOL to access the Internet, then close the AOL browser and open Internet Explorer. For further assistance, call Media Services/Distance Learning help desk at 475-7770.

  • Netscape 6.0 or higher or Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.

    Note: You can download Netscape Communicator from the Internet at     www.netscape.com *.  You can download Microsoft Internet Explorer free from the Internet at www.microsoft.com/windows/ie *. You can also purchase these products from a computer software store.

Virus Protection 

Virus protection software such as McAfee or Norton virus programs is recommended. You can find both a free version and a full commercial version of a virus protection package at www.mcafee.com/myapps/clinic/protect/default.asp *



If you have questions about the technology requirements for online instruction, contact Media Services/Distance Learning at 360-475-7770.