New Students Guide

New Students Guide

So you are a new student...

What kind of computer should I purchase?

The Computer Science Department has mandatory computer requirements, we recommend a laptop with specs similar or exceeding those listed below:

  • i7 Intel processor, or AMD Ryzen 3 equivelent
  • 16 GB ram
  • 500GB or larger hard drive, SSD may be helpful
  • Wireless network card
  • Intel HD, Nvidia, or AMD graphics card
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

Rowan University has partnered with Lenovo and offers a special website to purchase Lenovo laptops: Lenovo website for Computer Science students at Rowan University. Rowan provides on campus support for lenovo laptops.

Please keep in mind that when purchasing a Lenovo computer through this program, you are purchasing directly from Lenovo, not through the University.

You can choose from various manufactures such as Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, Sony, or Toshiba.

During the first couple of years the students will be using the following software, so the computer should be able to handle at least the following:

Regarding Windows vs. Mac, the CS department recommends students use a laptop with Windows 10. Students are able to use a Mac, but they may run into compatibility difficulties with software. Therefore, for the easiest experience, we recommend using Windows.

Who are some of the contacts I need to make?

New students are assigned a Computer Science Advisor from University Advising as well as a Faculty Mentor. Please get to know these individuals soon after your arrival at Rowan. They will help guide you on your academic journey with us.

In addition, our department administration, Brenda Harkins, William Weigard, and Della Myers, are great resources for student questions. Also, don't hesitate to get to know the Computer Science faculty who will be teaching you in your first semester.

What computing resources should I become familiar with?

You will have a networked H drive, access to printing kiosks, and the Rowan Cloud. You should get to know Banner which you will use to register and check your progress towards graduation, know how to access our wireless network, be able to connect to our network remotely, and potentially utilize Blackboard (a popular learning management system for many classes).

Rowan's Information Resources and Technology (IRT) department maintains a very useful student resources page with information on all of the above.

What is LiBBy?

The CS Learning Community (aka LiBBy - Learning in Bits and Bytes) is a one (1) credit course required for all CS and C&I majors to help acclimate them to Rowan CS. 

Throughout the course, incoming CS students will be provided the opportunity to:

  • Make connections with other CS students thru interactive activities
  • Meet the administrative, advising, teaching, and research faculty in the CS Department
  • Pair with upperclassman CS majors for peer mentoring and guidance
  • Participate in a students-led panel discussion Q&A with other students
  • Learn about the CS culture and environment of academic integrity
  • Get exposure to the numerous CS clubs, activities, and resources available
  • Become familiarized with the process of CS advising, registration, and GRAD
  • Gain valuable insights with technical resumes and interviewing skills
  • Discover the various ways to find jobs, internships, and even coops
  • Network with alumni and industry partners during in-class visits/talks
  • Attend Computer Field Experience and Senior Project presentations to see how being in Rowan CS has helped guide and impact our amazing students