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School of Business Laptop Recommendations

All Providence College School of Business (PCSB) students should have a personal laptop for use in their classes. Minimum hardware and software recommendations are listed below.

Minimum Hardware Recommendations

Suggested Hardware Configuration

Intel i3 CPU or equivalent Intel i5 CPU or equivalent
​8 GB RA​M ​16 GB RAM
​256 GB SSD (solid state drive) ​512 GB SSD (solid state drive)
​13″ display (1440 x 900 resolution) with HDMI port or adapter ​15″ display (1920 x 1080 resolution) with HDMI port or adapter
​802.11n wireless adapter ​802.11ac wireless adapter
​Initial battery life of 6 hours ​Additional charger or optional second battery
​3-year extended warranty​ ​4-year extended warranty with accidental damage coverage​


​Windows 10
Home, Professional, Enterprise, or Education
(Windows 10s does not support all the necessary software)
Microsoft Office 365 (available free, see Software)​
​Updated versions of Java and Flash
​​Updated anti-virus software

Students should have full administrative rights on their computers to allow for the installation of software.

The IT Department requires all computers connected to the college network to have updated anti-virus software installed along with the latest security patches for the operating system and application software.

Additional software used for courses can be accessed in the computer labs and clusters on campus. If a students wishes to use that software on their own personal computer, that software must be purchased by the student.

Note for Mac Users

Although we strongly recommend the purchase/use of a PC/Windows-based laptop, if you already own a Mac that you plan on using for your studies at Providence College, you will need Microsoft Windows installed via the use of Parallels Desktop. Windows 10 is available free-of-charge, and Parallels Desktop is available at a discount. Both are available at It is recommended that you have at least 100 GB of space in your Windows virtual machine through Parallels. You will also need the Windows version of Microsoft Office 365, which is available free (see Software).

Setting up Windows via Parallels Desktop can take a considerable amount of time. We suggest you do this prior to arriving on campus. The IT Helpdesk will assist students to the best of their ability, but the beginning of the semester is a very busy time. If you require assistance, Best Buy’s Geek Squad also provides this service. Please also see our basic Parallels installation guide.

Computer Recommendations and Requirements from the IT Department

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the recommendations from the School of Business, please contact the PCSB Undergraduate Program directly.

PCSB Undergraduate Program

If you have any question regarding financial assistance options for laptop or other learning hardware/software purchases, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.

Office of Financial Aid