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.

Tablets?

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, or better)
RAM 4 to 8 GB
Hard Drive 256GB
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

Free Office 365 ProPlus for Students

UGA students can install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free on up to five devices with Windows or Mac operating systems through the Student Advantage program. Office 365 ProPlus includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. Learn more about the Student Advantage program.