The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

College of Engineering

Future Students

Computer Requirements

Laptop computers are required for all freshmen in the College of Engineering. Minimum specifications (beginning Fall of 2012) are:

Minimum Computer Requirements for COE Students

Items Laptop Computer
CPU Intel Compatible
Hard Drive 160 GB
Wireless Internet Access 802.11b wireless network capability (1)
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX, or Linux
Office Office 2010 Professional or higher;
Office 2011 for Mac (2)


  1. Additional information is available at the Office of Information Technology. You may also contact the help desk at 865-974-9900 or
  2. Students may purchase the student version of Office from the UT Computer Store at a price significantly less than most providers.

For information on available computers or prices, check the UT Technology Center website. You may also view other configuration options, including custom configurations, at this link. Please note that computer prices and configurations often change quickly, and the web site will be regularly updated to reflect these changes. You are not required to purchase one of these models or to purchase from the UT Computer Store.

The college recognizes that the computer ownership requirement may represent an additional financial burden. If you receive financial aid through the University'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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