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Computer Requirements



All students entering the Tickle College of Engineering are required to have a laptop computer.

ItemsMinimum Laptop RequirementsPreferred
Display14″ HD (1366X768)14″ FHD (1920X1080)
ProcessorIntel 8th/9th Gen Processor i5 or i7Intel 11th Gen or Higher Processor i5 or i7
Ram16 GB32GB
Hard Drive250 GB512 GB Solid State Drive
Graphics CardOnboard Intel HD graphicsOnboard Intel HD graphics or better
Network Connectivity802.11n or better wireless network capability802.11ax or better wireless network capability
Operating SystemWindows 10Windows 11


  1. Chromebooks, Chrome OS, Apple Laptops, or MacOS do not meet these requirements.
  2. Additional information is available at the Office of Information Technology. You may also contact the OIT help desk at 865-974-9900 or via this OIT web contact form.
  3. Students can also drop by the Services in the Common Help Desk for additional student computer support from the Office of Information and Technology. View a list of their hours.
  4. Student’s VolMail account includes access to Office 365 applications. Download Office 365 applications »

The college recognizes that the computer ownership requirement may represent an additional financial burden. If you receive financial aid through UT’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the cost of your computer can be considered an additional cost of attending the university. Consideration of the added expense is not automatic. You must go to the financial aid office and request an Appeal for Budget Increase form at the time you are required to purchase the computer (at the beginning of your first year).

Other requirements for new students entering the college can be found here.