Windows + Office = Compliant


All students are required to run a current version of the Windows operating system.

Using a laptop from work?  Learn about possible limitations with software and printers

Mac Users:  You MUST install Windows on your laptop to meet the computer requirements

Your myDeacNet Account

Once your tuition deposit is processed (allow 5-7 business days), a MyDeacNet account will be created for you. You will receive an activation e-mail from to the personal e-mail account you listed in your application.

Account Activation

You must activate your MyDeacNet account within 10 days of receiving this e-mail.  For your security, you will be required to enter your account activation code as well as provide information from your initial application.

  • Haven’t received your activation e-mail yet? Please check your spam or junk mail folder for an email from
  • Need assistance activating your account? Please contact the School of Business Help Desk at 336-758-4126 or


You will NOT receive an account activation e-mail.  Please continue to use the same username and password that you used as an Undergraduate student.

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System Access Prior to Orientation

Your MyDeacNet account will allow you to access many Wake Forest resources such as G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education), WebEx, Wake Information Network (WIN), and Sakai.  Prior to Orientation, you have access to the following WFU systems:

  • WFU Google Mail  | – Your Wake Forest University Google Mail account will be your official e-mail address that the University will use to communicate with you. Use your full email address and password to log in.
  • WIN (Wake Forest Information Network) | – WIN provides students with a variety of tools to view their grades, access online bills and search directories for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Use your full email address and password to log in.  Please log out of your personal gmail account prior to logging in.
  • Sakai | – Sakai [sah-kahy] is Wake Forest’s online Collaboration and Learning Environment.  Many instructors will use Sakai to post announcements, assignments, and quizzes. Use your username (without and password to log in.

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Computer Requirements

All students are required to run a current version of the Windows operating system.  The School of Business has standardized on the Windows operating system for two primary reasons: 1) to ensure compatibility with required course software and 2) the Windows operating system is the predominant operating system used in business. The specifications listed below will meet your computing needs during your tenure at Wake Forest University.

What about work laptops?

Depending on the security settings on your work laptop, you may experience difficulty connecting to the wireless network, installing printers and/or installing software. Students who work in the banking and healthcare industries tend to have the most problems with the security settings on their work laptops. If you or your IT Department have any questions, please contact us at 336.758.4126.

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Minimum PC Requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i5, Quad Core 2.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB minimum
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10
  • Hard Disk Drive: 256 GB minimum
  • Display: 12.5 inches or larger
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (MUST support the WPA-2 security protocol)
  • Software (more details in software section):
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016
    • Valid anti-virus/anti-malware  software

How do I check my PC specifications?

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Minimum Mac Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to use a PC instead of a Mac. However, if you prefer using a Mac, you must also run the Windows operating system and Office for Windows in order to support the software required for your courses.

  • Model Year: Early 2013 or Newer
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB Minimum
  • Operating System: macOS Sierra
  • Hard Disk Drive: 256 GB Minimum
  • Display: 12 inches or larger
  • Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n (MUST support the WPA-2 security protocol)
  • Software (more details in software section):
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System via Boot Camp
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 (for Windows via Boot Camp)
    • Valid anti-virus/anti-malware software

How do I check my Mac specifications?

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Getting FREE Software

As a student, you have access to free or discounted software.  OnTheHub is the online software distribution partner for Wake Forest University.  Students are eligible to download software packages for little or no cost by visiting


Software for your PC

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Software for your Mac

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