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Technology Guidelines

Below you will find the technology guidelines to be successful in the MBA program at St. Norbert College. 

A note on tablets and smartphones: Generally, tablet devices (iPad, Samsung Galaxy and other Android-based tablets, Windows Surface, Kindle Fire, etc.) are not suitable as primary computing devices, although they may work for class and college-related communication and collaboration. With an external keyboard, use of cloud-based productivity software (e.g., Google Drive or Microsoft Office 365), and St. Norbert’s virtual computing lab, some students may find that a tablet can meet their major computing needs, but should evaluate this very carefully before deciding on a tablet as a primary computing device. Smartphones are not practical as primary computing devices for normal coursework. Both tablets and smartphones can be excellent supplemental devices, however.

Windows PC Apple Macintosh
Operating System Windows 7 or greater Mac OS 10.9 or greater
Processor Type Minimum: Core i5 processor
Recommended: Core i7 processor
Memory Minimum: 4 GB RAM
Recommended: 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive Minimum: 250 GB
Recommended: 500 GB or higher
Wireless Card 802.11n or 802.11ac
Warranty Three year (or greater) parts and labor strongly recommended
Onsite support for PCs recommended, if available
Laptops should contain, at minimum, productivity software (like Microsoft Office), and anti-virus software (Windows PC only). St. Norbert provides both programs to current students at no charge. For more information and links to download Microsoft Office or Security Essentials (anti-virus) software, please visit our technology discounts web page.

In addition to a laptop meeting the minimum requirements outlined above, we recommend bringing the following accessories:
  • HDMI video adaptor (Mac only) or AirParrot software (PC only), to project from your computer in classrooms and other learning spaces.
  • USB drive(s) (a.k.a. “thumb” or “flash” drive), to save papers and class projects.
Financial Aid
St. Norbert College petmits a one-time reasonable allowance for the purchase of a laptop computer to be added to a student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) calculation, if desired. A copy of an estimate or receipt of purchase is necessary. By increasing the COA, you may become eligible for additional loan money in the form of federal direct loans. Please contact the office of financial aid at or 920-403-3071 for more information.

For questions about general laptop hardware and software specifications, please contact the Information Technology Services service desk located in Cofrin Hall 119: