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Fall Semester begins September 4. Confirmed enrollments accepted through September 5.

All MNOHS students must have a computer, a high speed Internet connection, and a headset.
No special software required!

MNOHS courses are designed by licensed Minnesota teachers, using a palette of free software tools and software provided by MNOHS.  MNOHS provides all software needed for students via a virtual desktop.  We recommend using a laptop or desktop for the best experience at MNOHS.  Some tablets do not work with MNOHS technology.  The software you will be using is all free and accessible.

Accepted Computer Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) or higher.

Although some assignments and tasks can be accomplished on other types of devices, such as your smartphone, iPads, tablets, Kindles and Chromebooks, you will not be able to do most of your MNOHS course work on them.  You need regular access to a Windows or Mac computer to fully participate in your MNOHS classes. 

Audio requirement

To take full advantage of the listening and speaking tools available to online learners, you'll need a headset with a microphone and speaker that can be plugged into your computer.  This does not have to be a costly, high-end gaming or music headset. A good quality communication headset can be purchased for around $20 at most retail stores.  If possible, look for one that connects to your computer's USB port.

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Below is a list of the hardware requirements, depending on the type of computer you have:
PC minimum requirements

  • Intel Dual Core processor or higher
  • High speed Internet connection
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
  • At least 2 GB Ram.
  • Monitor screen resolution of at least 1260 x 768
  • All-in-one multifunction printer with scanner
  • A way to save work to a removable disk (flash drive, thumb drive, jump drive, or the capability to write to a CD or DVD)
  • A sound card and a headset with a microphone that can be plugged into your computer

Macintosh minimum requirements 

  • Intel Dual Core processor or higher
  • High speed Internet connection
  • Macintosh OS X El Capitan (10.11) or higher (running Windows in a virtual environment is acceptable)
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • Monitor screen resolution of at least 1260x 768
  • All-in-one multifunction printer with scanner
  • A way to save work to a removable disk (flash drive, thumb drive, jump drive, or the capability to write to a CD or DVD)
  • A sound card and a headset with a microphone that can be plugged into your computer

Linux minimum requirements

  • Intel Dual Core processor or higher
  • High speed Internet connection
  • Linux Kernal 3.11 or higher
  • At least 2 GB RAM
  • Monitor screen resolution of at least 1280 x 768
  • All-in-one multifunction printer with scanner
  • A way to save work to a removable disk (flash drive, thumb drive, jump drive, or the capability to write to a CD or DVD)

A sound card and a headset with a microphone that can be plugged into your computer 

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