While Terry does not have a blanket computer requirement, some programs, including the Terry MBA program, require students to own a laptop. Also, many undergraduate and graduate courses require access to a Windows-based laptop. Check with your program advisor to determine specific requirements.

The University of Georgia Bookstore has vendor relationships that offer students a competitive price on a new laptop. Visit the UGA Bookstore website to buy a laptop configured and priced for UGA students.

PC or Mac?

Terry College’s Office of IT (OIT) highly recommends that you do not purchase a Mac if you are not prepared to deal with the added complications, cost, and time required to install Windows on a Mac.

Since many business software applications do not run on the Mac OS, some Terry College courses will require access to a Windows-based laptop. If you own a Mac, you may be required to install Windows on top of VMware Fusion or Apple Boot Camp to run required course software.

To use a Mac for your program, you may need to purchase both the Windows OS and Microsoft Office for Windows at additional cost. However, before purchasing VMware or Windows for your Mac, please contact Terry OIT at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), as certain courses are eligible for free software.


iPad or Android tablets work great for note-taking, browsing, and information consumption. However, you will need a laptop for homework and other activities. Be prepared to bring your laptop on days when faculty require laptops for in-class activities.

Laptop support

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her laptop is functioning properly and is able to connect to the PAWS network. Computer repair is available at the UGA Bookstore. See the UGA Bookstore Computer Store page (Service tab) for hours and information.

Recommended Laptop Specifications

Hardware Recommendation
Processor Intel "i" series processor (i3, i5, AMD Athlon II, or better)
RAM 4 to 8 GB
Hard Drive 120GB
Optical Drive CD-RW/DVD-RW
Network Card Wireless B/G/N
Screen Minimum resolution 1024×768; recommended 1280×800 or higher

Other Options to Consider

  • A 3-year warranty covering parts + on-site labor (next business day)
  • A “complete care” type warranty that will repair or replace your laptop regardless of type of damage
  • USB memory stick or USB backup hard drive
  • Surge protector
  • High speed internet service (cable modem or DSL) at home

MBA Program software requirements

The MBA programs require Microsoft Office Standard 2010 or 2013. The best current price for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 is via the University System of Georgia’s Software Resources & Services site (site requires setting up a user name and password). There may also be additional software that will be provided for you to install in some classes, so you will need to make sure that you have available hard drive space.