Users of newer Mac computers with M1 processors and MacOS 11 Big Sur operating system will need to purchase “Parallels,” allowing Macs to operate in a Windows environment. As discussed below, personnel in the Price College technology center can assist with the installation.
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.
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
Recommended Computers, but not limited to:
- Dell Inspiron or Latitude or XPS Line
- HP ProBook
- HP Spectre
- Lenovo Thinkpad or Yoga
- MacBook Pro (may need to use the OU virtual lab for some courses that require windows-based systems)
Note: For laptops with smaller hard drives, we recommend having an external hard drive in case more space is required. Alternatively, we suggest that students save their files on OneDrive (cloud-based storage) which is provided to every student at OU free of charge.
Microsoft Windows 10 or 11
Windows can be installed on a PC or Mac
Microsoft Office 365
Free to OU students on up to 5 PCs or Macs
Google Chrome web browser
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 365 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.
MIS Division Recommendations
For students planning to major or minor in MIS/MIT/BIA, or take several classes offered by the MIS Division, it is strongly recommended that students purchase a Microsoft laptop which meets or exceeds the recommended PC specifications. Proprietary software, often used by MIS faculty, and the updates on these software does not run on well Macs and/or has limited functionality. Additionally, proprietary software cannot be installed and/or licensed in virtual environments which removes the ability to use Parallels or VMware on a Mac. Finally, because of the heavy hands-on components and visual displays used in MIS/MIT classes, we recommend that, whenever possible, students have two large screens to facilitate the learning of course content.
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.