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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 Fall 2021 - Summer 2022




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

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.

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
1 copy of Windows 10 free to OU students

Microsoft Office 365

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 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.


Can I Use a Mac?  Yes, but it needs to be Windows Ready.

Mac users represent a growing population within the Price College of Business and across the campus.  Students who wish to use an Apple laptop are required to have the Windows operating system installed. Much, but not all, business software is compatible with Mac OS, which is our justification for requiring the Windows operating system to be installed. Students using Macs will need to install additional software (Bootcamp) or purchase additional software (Parallels) for M1 Mac OS systems in order to use Windows.

Price College implemented a Windows Readiness program to help students get Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office 365 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 365 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.


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.

*Laptop policy agreed to by the Technology Committee in August, 2021.