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Student Laptop Policy

Purpose:  To ensure consistency of software and hardware across students’ personal computing devices while they pursue their Price College degree.

Personal laptop computers can be used to improve teaching and learning, and provide anytime/anywhere communication between students and faculty.  All students majoring or minoring in business are recommended to have a laptop computer that meets the minimum system requirements established by the Price College.  Many business courses now require and utilize software in and outside of the classroom, requiring students to have and use their own personal laptops for course work.

Laptop requirements for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year




Intel Core i5 Processor

Intel Core i7 Processor


16GB RAM or more

256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

512GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or more

1 USB 3.0, USB-C or Thunderbolt Port

1 or more USB 3.0, USB-C or Thunderbolt Ports

12” screen

12” screen or larger

802.11n/ac Compatible WiFi

802.11n/ac Compatible WiFi

Note:  For laptops with smaller hard drives, we recommend having an external hard drive in case more space is required




Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, or 10

Windows can be installed on a PC or Mac
1 copy of Windows 10 free to OU students

Microsoft Office 2016

Free to OU students on up to 5 PCs or Macs

Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser

Highly recommended

Windows Defender or other anti-virus software

Highly recommended

Student laptops should meet the above minimum hardware requirements.  If a student is purchasing a new laptop, we suggest that it at least meet the recommended hardware requirements.  In fact, it can be much better than those requirements.  The laptop should also be able to run Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Office 2016 suite installed on Windows.  Students who do not own a laptop can check one out from the Rath Scholars Technology Center, Room 105F, Adams Hall.

These requirements do not restrict students from using an Apple MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.  All MacBooks made in the last 10 years can have Windows installed in a dual boot configuration using the free Boot Camp software that comes with each Mac.  In this configuration, when the student wants to load Windows, they will restart their computer and select Windows.  The full Windows desktop will load.  When they want to go back to the Mac operating system, they will restart the computer again and select Mac.  This is a very simple and free solution that works on all Macs, old or new.  Another option for students with newer MacBooks, built since 2012, is to purchase Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion software to install Windows.  This allows Mac computers to run Windows just like they were a Windows based machine.  With either of these two programs, users can switch between operating systems simply by swiping left or right on the trackpad.  Both can also be purchased at the University IT store at minimal cost.

Price College has implemented a Windows Readiness program to help students get Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office 2016 installed on their laptops, whether it be a PC or Mac.  We stand ready to assist any student needing help with these installations.  This program is detailed on the Price College website in the Student IT Services section.  Information on how to obtain and install an OU student’s free copy of Windows 10 and free Office 2016 for PC and Mac can be found there for students who are comfortable with such procedures.  Students who may be uncomfortable doing the installation themselves may use the link at the bottom of that page to schedule an appointment with one of the Price College techs to help with the installation.


We do not recommend students purchase and attempt to use a tablet in place of a laptop. While tablets may be thin and convenient, they are not fully-functioning computers in the sense that they cannot run Microsoft Windows or MacOS, and many lack a physical keyboard or USB ports.

*Laptop policy agreed to by the Technology Committee in January 18, 2019.