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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 services across campus for students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to offer technology service 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 three computer laboratories (the digital art lab, the language lab, and the computer science classroom) offering specific software and hardware in support of academic programs, every student is required to have her own Apple device.

Recommended Devices:
• a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air (Yosemite 10.10 or later) or an iPad Air 2 or later (64 GB minimum) with an external keyboard.
• AppleCare Protection Plan for her device(s).
• Protective cover for her device
• The school requires the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and provides a free, licensed version of Office 365. Instructions for download and installation will be provided during the opening days of school.

List of 7 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 https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204034. 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 requirement regarding e-Books/iBooks?

    Students can purchase the e-Book/iBook of a required text when available and appropriate, but it is not required.
  • Q. How do I know if there is an available e-Book/iBook?

    Porter's has partnered with ClassBook (our virtual bookstore) in order to provide students with text requirements. Whenever appropriate, ClassBook has provided an electronic copy of a book or a link to where you can purchase the book. 
  • Q. How do I purchase the e-Book/iBook and download it to my laptop or iPad?

    Purchasing an e-Book/iBook and reading it on your iPad or MacBook includes two steps. ClassBook, our bookstore provider, will provide the information you need to purchase and download e-Books/iBooks. Textbook information will be available in mid-July.
  • 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 Xerox printers across campus. However, if a student chooses to bring her own personal printer for their dorm room, she is permitted to do so. 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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60 Main Street   |    Farmington, CT 06032  |   Telephone: 860-409-3500  |  Since 1843