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2015 Notebook Computer Requirements & Recommendations


The Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Program does not require undergraduates to have a personal laptop computer.  While certainly an advantage, students are free to make their own decision as to whether it is advisable to expend the resources to obtain & maintain a laptop versus utilizing any of the thousands of public workstations located around campus.  Undergraduates are encouraged to see Knowledge Base article for information about Residential Technology Centers as well as for information concerning technology labs in buildings other than residential dorms.

Graduate Students

The IU Kelley School of Business (KSB) is proud to be a leader in the use of information technology. The entire graduate curriculum is delivered in facilities which provide network and Gigabit speed Internet connectivity (via Ethernet cable) at the desktop. Outside of the classroom, there are over 750 connections available in breakout rooms, lounges, hallways, library and a number of other common areas. Additionally, all common areas and most classrooms are covered by wireless access points (802.11N). In support of this initiative, the MBA, 3/2 MBA and MSIS Programs (optional for MSA students) REQUIRE incoming students to bring a notebook computer.  The following MINIMUM, recommended specifications listed below should ensure an adequate, serviceable machine for the duration of your time here in the graduate programs at Kelley. 

Minimum Recommendations for MBA Students

  • Any current processor, i5 or better - laptops more than 2 years old are not recommended
  • 500GB hard drive (or better)
  • 6-8 GBs RAM 
  • CD-RW/DVD Combo drive (or DVD burner) recommended
  • Ethernet port strongly recommended (or, USB WiFi adapter)
  • 802.11N wireless card strongly recommended (802.11A/B/G available, but not optimal/recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate.  “Home/basic/starter" versions of any Microsoft OS may work, however, they are NOT recommended in any OS version)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro & Enterprise are preferred.  Windows XP or Windows 8 RT are not acceptable
  • 2 GB (or larger) USB Flash Drive Recommended (multiple flash drives are nice to use as backup/emergency recovery storage devices)

What About Access to University Centralized Computing Services?

Help sessions will be offered during orientation to assist students in configuring their units to access IU network resources.  Students will be able to take full advantage of these resources shortly after these sessions.

IMPORTANT NOTE for campus housing dwellers: Those who plan to live in campus graduate housing including Eigenmann, Campus View, Tulip Tree, Evermann, etc. will have access to these resources through a high-speed data network. Dorm rooms and apartments in these areas are equipped with a direct network connection. Apply for network access at the residence hall front desk, and ask them for specific login information at the time they contact you to setup the system.

What About Software?

MS Office 2013 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, etc.), Anti-virus, and other basic production applications covered by IU site licenses will either be made available during orientation, or are available for free download or purchase (nominal fee of around $5/CD) at the Indiana Memorial Union. Assistance installing the applications will be available during the help sessions during orientation.

Please note that students may be required to purchase and install some additional applications as specified each semester by individual instructors.

Is There Someone I can Talk to if I Have Questions About the Computing Environment at the KSB?

Individuals who have questions about the computing environment at the KSB should contact Kevin Hostetler, Associate Director of Client Services, or his representative in Technology Operations & Services (812-855-4247) Monday - Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-5:00pm or send electronic mail to