WHAT KIND OF LAPTOP DO I NEED?
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 a classroom experience. Standard software is available for local computer installation 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.
Robinson strongly recommends not purchasing a Mac or a tablet (i.e., iPad, Kindle) as the primary computer for your coursework. Most business software targets the Microsoft Windows operating system, including many of the software packages used in conjunction with Robinson courses. In many cases, the options that allow running software on one of the alternate devices restrict functionality that will complicate your being successful. Navigating those limitations fully would be your responsibility.
Recommended Laptop Specifications
(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.)
A pointing device other than a mouse is fine if you prefer, but a keyboard is a must.
A webcam and microphone are recommended.
- 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).
- Windows 10
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.
Are you an existing student looking for information on classes, campus resources, or anything else that will set you up for a successful semester? We know you sometimes need help fast, but don’t know who to ask. The best bet is to contact your academic department. A staff member will answer your questions or point you to the person who can!