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Computer Software Requirements

Computer and Software Requirements

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Computer and Software Requirements

All students in the College of Business are required to lease, purchase or have ready access to a laptop computer with the specific software and hardware specifications and software listed below. Students can choose between the Windows or Mac platforms.

Laptop Computer Hardware Recommendations
CPU Intel i7 for PCs, M1 chipset for Mac
Disk Storage 512 GB

CoB Computer Software Policy

Business students using a personal computer for business coursework are required to have Microsoft Office 365 and a Windows operating system.

For PC and Mac Users

You can download Microsoft Office 365 for free through your UNL Office 365 account. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneDrive and more.

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Students are strongly recommended to install the latest security updates for their operating systems and applications. Students are recommended to have an active, up-to-date antivirus software package installed before connecting to the campus internet. UNL provides antivirus software to students for work and home computers free-of-charge.
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Additionally for Mac Users

If you own a Mac, you'll need to:

  • Download Windows Operating System for free from Azure Dev Tools for Teaching, a Microsoft program. Azure Dev Tools is only open to current students (meaning you will not have access after you graduate) and requires a email address.
  • Purchase Parallels for Mac from HuskerTech for $39.99 to run macOS and Windows operating system at the same time.


You may be able to finance your computer or software purchase through financial aid. To determine your eligibility, please contact the Husker Hub:

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Lincoln, NE 68588-0411
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