By integrating technology into our liberal arts curriculum, Porter’s affirms our promise to educate young women “to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.”

The Porter’s IT Department is responsible for providing data, voice, and audio-video infrastructure across campus for students, faculty, and staff. We offer break/fix services, and can often diagnose when the computer-owner should seek assistance directly from Apple. Our goal is to offer technology infrastructure and support in a customer service, team-oriented manner. Our motto is “How can we help?"

Porter's has a wireless and wired Ethernet network that supplies data services to every classroom, office, and dormitory room. Access to the Internet is via a high capacity, broadband connection. All students are given a Porter's email account. A firewall and content filtering protect the network.

While Porter's has a digital art computer lab offering specific software and hardware in support of art programs, every student is required to have her own Apple device.

Recommended Devices: 

• A MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air (El Capitan 10.11 or later) or an iPad 4th Generation or later (64 GB minimum) with an external keyboard. 
• AppleCare Protection Plan for your device(s) (does NOT cover water damage)
• Protective cover for your device, including a keyboard skin to protect damage from spilled liquids
• The school provides Microsoft Office365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote). Instructions for accessing Office365 will be provided during the opening days of school.

Note: By purchasing through Apple's Education Store ( ) you can take advantage of a small educational discount on the purchase of a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Currently, no discount is available for iPad purchases. 

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Do I need my own Apple ID?

    Students are required to have their own Apple ID for downloading and updating academic apps. Families can choose whether or not this ID is connected to a credit card. Instructions on how to set up an Apple ID without a credit or debit card can be found at If you choose not to link a credit or debit card to your student's Apple ID, she can purchase free apps, and use an Apple gift card (available in the school store) for any paid apps.

    International students need a U.S. based Apple ID; any Apple ID created outside the U.S. will not work with e-book downloads.
  • Q. How many devices can I bring?

    Every student is allowed to bring up to three devices - a MacBook, an iPad and a smart phone.
  • Q. What is the school's policy about the use e-Books/iBooks?

    Information about textbooks can be found here.
  • Q. Can I set up a personal wireless access point/hotspot?

    Personal wireless access points/hotspot devices are not permitted on the network. Porter's provides a campus-wide wireless network for student use. Additionally, any device beyond a laptop, iPad or cell phone that needs network access should be approved and registered with the IT Department.
  • Q. Where do I print? Can I bring a printer?

    Students can print to any of the five Canon networked printers across campus. However, if a student chooses to bring her own wired (e.g., USB) personal printer for their dorm room, she is permitted to do so. Wireless printers are not supported on our network. We ask students to register the Mac address of the printer with the IT Department. Please contact IT for instructions on how to retrieve the printer's Mac address.
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