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 purchasing a Windows laptop, not a Mac or tablet (i.e., Chromebook, iPad, Kindle) as the primary computer for your coursework. Most software used for classes cannot be installed or used on tablets (including a Chromebook). In addition, most business software targets the Microsoft Windows operating systems, including many of the software packages used in conjunction with Robinson courses. In such cases, the options that allow running software on one of the alternate devices restrict functionality that will complicate your being successful. Navigating these limitations will be your responsibility.
(Intel Core i5 & i7 are good choices.)
12GB recommended. 8GB minimum will get you through graduation.
256GB or more SSD recommended. 1TB or more HDD is a bit slower but will provide more space for large applications.
Wireless B/G/N/AC for maximum compatibility with older networks. Wi-Fi 6E and 802.11ax for fastest speed on newer networks
Bluetooth (for pointing devices and headphones).
USB 2.0 Type A will provide maximum compatibility to older devices used in many classroom settings.
USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C will provide compatibility to newer devices used in some classroom settings.
(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 (2TB+) and RAM (16GB+)
- Windows 11
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!