Last Updated: April 2019
The College of Business includes majors from the following departments:
The College Of Business recommends Illinois State University's "New Advanced" specifications, with Microsoft Windows.
In practical terms, virtually all software used in classes and assignments is developed for Windows. Students using Apple MacOS encounter extra cross-platform software complications and cost. Be aware that even with this setup, some class-provided software will not work, requiring more lab time.
Some software, such as web-based tools and Microsoft Office 365, are available for either platform.
A Special Note About Majors relating to Windows vs. Mac OS…
Currently BIS, Finance, and Insurance are the most likely majors to benefit from a Windows device, but any student that will have course work in data analytics (most business majors) would be likely to benefit from a Windows device as well. While Mac OS may offer some feature parity it is still likely that some computer lab time will be required due to plugins or extra features that are not available on the Mac platform.
College of Business recommends a laptop computer over a desktop. Because mobile computing has become a vital part of business culture, and is therefore reflected in classwork and project assignments.
The make and model of laptop to purchase depends on personal preference. Some people prefer large laptops, not minding the extra weight. Others prefer compact units for their light weight and easy handling. Some laptops have very high power processors for use with computer games, but most current laptops can run business applications.
Remember that you are investing in a device with the intention of using it for four years. While it is possible to get your work done using devices with minimal specifications, it can be a frustrating and limiting experience.
Most tablets are useful as a complement to a full-featured computer, not as a substitute for one.
With a few class-specific exceptions, the College Of Business does not require any additional software beyond Microsoft Office (provided by the university) for most classes.
In the course of individual and team projects, students can expect to use advanced, industry-standard software in our computer labs. Depending on the course of study, expect two or more classes requiring lab work. In some cases, software is provided for students to install on their own laptops running Microsoft Windows.