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Laptop Policy

Every class in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business requires computer access for course related activities, which may include, but is not limited to assignment write-ups, web resource access, Blackboard access, video conferencing and online exams.

All fully-online classes in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business require a laptop (students in the Online BBA Cyber Security degree program may use either a desktop or laptop).

Financial Aid

Because a laptop is an academic requirement for all Carlos Alvarez College of Business students, students can make a one-time request to increase financial aid to support the purchase.

Financial Aid Form (PDF)

For more information contact a One Stop counselor with questions.

Laptop Specifications

Please review the minimum requirements below. If you currently own a laptop, please make sure that your device meets these standards.

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7
RAM: 16 GB
Webcam (internal or external), speaker and microphone
Wi-Fi capability
Windows 10 Professional operating system
Additional Requirement: reliable broadband internet connection
Courses Requiring Laptops Every Semester

COB ClassesClasses listed here as “requiring laptops every semester” have additional requirements — laptops that you can bring to class, laptops with technical capabilities specified in this laptop requirement policy, administrator level access to a laptop to do advanced computing activities, etc. Individual instructors will identify course and semester specific requirements (e.g., the requirement to bring a laptop to a physical classroom). Students should not wait until the start of the semester to get laptops with the required specifications.

Note: The college cannot support or take responsibility for software installations on non-Windows machines.

Course Laptop Requirements by Department

  • FIN 4873 may require a laptop (check with instructor)
  • FIN 6313 may require a laptop (check with instructor)
  • In-residence program: ALL IS designated classes in the in-residence program utilize laptops every semester, except IS 1403, IS 1413, IS 3003, IS 3533, IS 6373, IS 6763
  • Any course section that is taking place online/hybrid
  • All online BBA in Cybersecurity degree courses (desktop acceptable)
  • MGT 3003
  • MGT 3013
  • MGT 3613
  • MGT 4893
  • MGT 4923
  • MGT 4943
  • MGT 5043
  • All courses with STA prefix require laptops
  • All courses with MS prefix require laptops
  • These collectively cover the program range of:
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Actuarial Science (BBA-ACS)
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Science (BBA-MGS)
    • Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Data Science (BS-SDS)
    • Master of Science in Statistics and Data Science (MS-SDS)
    • Ph.D. in Applied Statistics (PhD-APS)
    • Certificate of Business Analytics (BSA)
    • Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM)
    • Core Curriculum (CC)
    • Mandatory service courses for Biology Department and College of Engineering
  • All courses in MSDA, except National Security (NS), require laptops
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