Wright School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration Program Student Laptop Requirements

While Dalton State College does not have a blanket computer requirement, the Wright School of Business BBA program requires students to own laptops or borrow them from the library and have continuous access. Our courses use Windows-only software, such as CaseWare IDEA, Power BI, Power Query, Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft Access. Therefore, we recommend a laptop with Windows 10 or higher and do not recommend Apple or other non-Windows devices, such as Chromebooks or iPad.

Any laptops running other operating systems will need to be capable of running Windows using a suitable emulator or through dual-boot. For example, if you are a Mac user, you need to install Oracle’s VirtualBox (or Parallels) before you can install Windows 10/11 and then Microsoft Access, Visio, etc.

Recommended hardware specification for a laptop

Component Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows 10 or higher Windows 10 or higher
Processor Intel Core i5 – 10th gen or newer
AMD Ryzen 5
Intel Core i7 or higher
AMD Ryzen 7 or higher
Memory 8 GB 16 GB or higher
Storage 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) 512 GB or higher
Resolution 1024 x 768 1920 x 1080 or higher

Other Specs

Graphic card An integrated card will suffice. A Dedicated/Discrete Graphics Processing Unit (D-GPU) is not required.
Network card All modern laptops have a wireless network card, and any technology will suffice.
Ports HDMI output or compatible with adapters (such as USB-C).
Other options A 3-year accidental warranty
External hard drive for backing up data
Surge protector
Stable high-speed internet connection

Library Laptop Program

Students may borrow a laptop meeting the minimum hardware requirements through the laptop loan program offered by the Roberts’ Library. To participate in this program, visit this website and complete the online form.

You will be enrolled in a waitlist and contacted once a laptop is available. Laptops must be returned by the last day of that semester’s final exam week, even if you are enrolled for the next semester. If not, you will be financially responsible for its cost. Your account will be blocked until the laptop is returned or the cost is paid.