Computer Requirement | Kent State University

Computer Requirement

All College of Business Administration students are required to have access to a laptop computer to complete assignments and/or for in-class activities and testing.

You should have access to either a Windows or Apple laptop running Windows 7 or Max OSX 10.7 or later.

Download the Computer Requirements (PDF)


You must have a laptop with the folllowing requirements or greater:

  • Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 8 GB RAM recommended; 4GB RAM is acceptable, if upgradable
  • Internal 500 GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (7200 recommended)
  • Web Cam with 640x480 video pixel resolution
  • Headphones or built-in speakers
  • Microphone connected to the laptop or built-in
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed


You must have a built-in wireless card, and an Ethernet port is recommended. Mac users may purchase ethernet adapters, if desired.


  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer, Mac version is also acceptable
  • As you progress, you may be expected to purchase software relevant to your major
  • For software questions, including campus licensed software, visit the Software and Application TechHelp page


The following are strongly recommended:

  • Most new laptops come with a manufacturer's warranty, but it is strongly recommended that you purchase a 3-year extended warranty to supplement and extend the manufacturer's warranty
  • Backing up files is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. It will ensure that your work is not lost if your laptop malfunctions or is stolen


The following are direct links for possible discounts:


Financial Aid may be available. Visit Kent State's Financial Aid page and select the "Cost of Attendance Increase Form for 2017-18", once available.

Laptop Lending Program

  • The Laptop Lending Program is available through Student Support Services (SSS) TRiO, a federally funded program providing free services to low income, first-generation students
  • For qualifications, contact the Academic Success Center at 330-672-3190


TechHelp Service and Repair Center is an on-site technology sevice center, on-campus locations include the second floor of the College of Business Administration and the Tri-Towers Rotunda. TechHelp Service and Repair Center will help you quickly and economically resolve your computer and mobile device problems. Their services include:

  • Network, Wireless and Login Support
  • Virus and Spyware Removal
  • Hardware Install & Repair
  • Software Optimization and Operation
  • System Troubleshooting
  • Mobile Device and iPad Repair
  • Apple & Dell Computer Warranty Service