Student Laptop Recommendations

The School of Business requires a PC rather than a Mac. Several classes include instruction for Microsoft Access, Fronline Solvers for Microsoft Excel which are not available for Mac OSX. Other software developed only for use on Windows Operating Systems may also be used and instructional materials and class demonstration have been developed for Microsoft Windows so some lessons will be confusing for those using disparate systems.

The following laptop specifications are recommended for 2017-2018 academic year:

Recommendation for Graduate Students & OPIM students
Technology Minimum Recommended
CPU – Processor Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7
Intel Atom or Celeron processors are not recommended.
RAM – Internal Memory 6GB-Win, 8GB-Mac 8GB-Win, 16GB-Mac
Hard Drive – Internal Storage 7200RPM STATA with 30GB of available space SSD with 50GB of available space
Ethernet (NIC) – Wired Networking 100/1000 Mbps 1000Mbps
Wifi – Wireless Networking 802.11 b,g,n 802.11 b,g,n
USB – Peripheral Port 2.0 3.0
Additional Requirements for all laptops and programs

Intel Atom or Celeron processors are not recommended.

Recommendations for Undergraduate Students / Non OPIM Students
Technology Minimum Recommended
CPU – Processor Intel Core i3 2.5G hz Intel Core i5
RAM – Internal Memory 6GB-Win, 8GB-Mac 8GB
Hard Drive – Internal Storage 7200RPM STATA with 20GB of available space SSD with 40GB of available space
Ethernet (NIC) – Wired Networking 10/100/1000 Mbps 1000Mbps
Wifi – Wireless Networking 802.11 b,g,n 802.11 b,g,n
USB – Peripheral Port 2.0 3.0
Additional Requirements for all laptops and programs

Suggested Options:

  • Insurance coverage for both damage and theft (strongly suggested, at your discretion)

The use of an Apple laptop is not currently recommended by the School of Business**, however you can access the necessary tools for class through alternative means, including the tools below:

  • The SkyBox by UConn provides a virtual lab accessible anywhere, anytime and on any device (software installation is not possible on virtual lab PCs).
  • MSBAPM and many OPIM students have use of a specialized Virtual Desktop Environment known as OPIM Virtual Desktop (OVD). It is recommended that those students use OVD.
  • School of Business ITS, in BUSN Rm 225 and via email at help@business.uconn.edu, provides support to School of Business students, support includes: installing VMware Player, or VirtualBox, and helping install Windows and MS Office for Windows, and relevant software support.
    • Please visit UConn’s OnTheHub to learn how to access copies of Windows and Office (and much more) for your laptop.

** It will be the student’s responsibility to download and install all required software, clients, plug-ins and other software listed on the professor’s syllabus. Some assistance and instructions may be provided as PC only.