Gatton Technology Recommendations

Computer Recommendations:

To ensure your optimal learning experience while taking Gatton College of Business and Economics courses you will need access to a computer that meets or exceeds the following specifications.

For a Windows-based PC:

Processor Minimum: Intel i5
Recommended: Intel Core i7 or Ryzen 5
RAM Minimum: 16GB
Recommended: 16GB or more
Disk Space Minimum: 256GB 
Recommended: 512GB SSD (solid-state drive) or larger
Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 11


For an Apple device:

Processor  Intel Core i5 or better

16GB or more

Disk Space 256GB SSD or larger
Operating System MacOS 10.14 or higher


For Remote Cohort Participants:

Monitor Size 21” or larger
Monitor Resolution* 1080p or better

*Note: A second monitor aids in the learning of software and working on Projects in Breakout rooms. Main screen for working in other software, second screen for following shared screen/Breakout team.

Business Analytics Minor Requirements:

Processor Intel i7 or better

16GB or more

Disk Space 256GB SSD or larger
Operating System Windows 10 or Windows 11


Notes for Apple Devices:

  • Newer Apple Macbooks that come with the M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max processors; some softwares are still not compatible with Apple's custom silicon, in those cases they have provided a workaround with an app called Rosetta. Even with this workaround though, expect for there to be some issues when running software that doesn't support these new processors.
  • If you choose to go with an Apple device, it is more than likely you will run into software that cannot run on MacOS and will require a Windows OS to use. In those cases, you will need working knowledge of a Windows emulating software such as BootCamp or Parallels in order to get those softwares running on your machine.


Windows vs Apple vs Other Devices:

Windows-based devices are simply the most compatible and cost-effective option for most students. They will run all the software you will need for classes and are easier to troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Apple devices will work and many students do use them without issue, but when something does go wrong or specialized software is needed things can get complicated very quickly. Chromebooks and tablets (iPads, Android, Windows RT, etc.) are NOT recommended as they will not provide the necessary functionality for your classes.


Device Purchase Assistance:

Most laptop/computer brands offer a discount for college students. You can find the discounts for Dell laptops here.



If you have any questions please contact the Gatton Technology Center by email at