Among the items you will want to purchase and familiarize yourself with before your classes begin are: a laptop computer, a quality laser printer, a financial calculator and an electronic organizer. We have also included several books you may want to read before you start your b-school classes. Below are recommendations and reviews from our consultants and previous clients for the items you will need to get the most out of your business school experience.
Apple iPhone X
By far the most popular of the phone/pocket computer/organizer/video and music player/GPS/calculator/and-seemingly-absolutely-everything-else-under-the-sun genre, the iPhone seems to becoming more of a necessity than a luxury for b-school. This latest model has the longest battery time, a 5.8″ screen and face ID security.
iPhone for Dummies by Edward Baig and Bob LeVitus
If you are already an iPhone expert, then great. But, if your understanding is mostly limited to phone, GPS, and iTunes and you are not up to speed on the latest features, then we strongly encourage you to get up to speed on these features now so you can hit the ground running and get the most out of your first-year classes and recruiting opportunities.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and, since this is our review page, here’s ours. This is the best phone on the market. Bar none. (No offense, iPhone fans!) We’re sure you’ve all seen the lists of things this phone can do that the ultra-popular iPhone can not.
If you’re are a fan of Blackberry, we believe this will be the phone for you. The flick typing for faster predictive text, customizable shortcuts and embedded fingerprint sensor are top notch and highly valued by the loyal Blackberry users we’ve talked to.
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
If you’re looking for a business phone, this deserves due consideration. The impressive octa-core processor makes this, essentially, a second computer!
Hewlett Packard HP 12CP
The HP 12CP is a fast and powerful calculator designed for educators, businessmen, or anyone who needs a reliable tool to handle mathematical and/or financial calculations. It is, hands down, the financial calculator of choice amongst top business school students. If you aren’t yet familiar with Reverse Polish Notation, take a bit of time to familiarize yourself with it before settling in on campus.
Texas Instruments BA II Plus Professional Financial Calculator
The BA II Plus Professional calculator features all the great features of its predecessor while packing in even more time-saving functions to make short work of complex equations. It’s an ideal choice for entry level and advanced finance, accounting, economics, investment, statistics, and other business classes. It’s also a great choice to bring to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.