The Robinson College of Business does not require students to own a laptop computer. However, many courses that are part of the core curriculum and all Robinson degrees will require students to use computers as part of the classroom experience. Standard software is available for local install on your computer for use in many classes.
It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her laptop is functioning properly and can connect with the university’s wireless network. Many resources are available from Georgia State Technology Services.
Recommended Laptop Specification
(Intel Core i5 & i7 are good choices.)
(6GB will work for most applications, but 8GB will get you to graduation.)
128 GB Solid State Drive
(256GB+ hard drive if price is key)
(AC is fastest, but others also will work on the Georgia State network.)
(Touchscreen is not required.)
Keyboard and Mouse
A pointing device other than a mouse is fine if you prefer, but a keyboard is a must.
A webcam and microphone are recommended.
Other options to consider:
- 3-year warranty (a must if you choose hard drive instead of SSD)
- HDMI or VGA with additional monitor for your desk at home
- Surge protector
- USB memory stick and/or USB backup hard drive
- Anti-theft cable lock
- External headphones with microphone
- Students pursuing coursework in data analytics will require larger drives (512GB+) and RAM (12GB).
You do not need to purchase Microsoft Office in a bundle when purchasing your laptop. Georgia State students can install the full Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, OneDrive, etc.) at no cost on the university's website.
Instructions for other course-specific software will be provided as part of each class.