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Computer Requirements

Laptop computers are required for all engineering freshmen.

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

Minimum Computer Requirements for Engineering Students

Items Minimum Computer Requirements Preferred
Display 14″ HD (1366X768) 14″ FHD (1920X1080)
Processor Intel 8th/9th Gen Processor i5 or i7 Intel 11th/12th Gen Processor i5 or i7
Ram 8 GB 16GB/32GB
Hard Drive 250 GB 512 GB Solid State Drive
Graphics Card Onboard Intel HD graphics Onboard Intel HD graphics
Network Connectivity 802.11n or better wireless network capability 802.11n or better wireless network capability
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 11


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Student’s VolMail account includes access to Office 365 applications. Download Office 365 applications »
  4. Chromebooks, Chrome OS, Apple M1 Laptops, or MacOS do not meet these requirements.

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 freshman year).

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