Undergraduate Programs

Laptop Specifications

These minimum specifications are for all Undergrad students in the Haslam College of Business. Undergraduates who have further questions may contact Technology Integration Services by email at haslamhelp@utk.edu.

Important Purchasing Information

  1. The specifications given here are minimum recommendations. Any upgrades that you can afford at the time of purchase will only increase the likelihood of keeping your computer throughout your entire program at UT.
  2. Back up your work. Purchase an external hard drive, or a Flash drive or choose a cloud storage option (Onedrive, Google Drive, etc) to back up your files on a regular bases. This will save you from last minute disasters that have been experienced by previous UT students – lost papers and even lost thesis chapters because they did not back up their work.
  3. We strongly recommend that you purchase your hardware and software from the university Bookstore Technology Center. They know our program requirements, and their prices are competitive. Big box electronics stores are notorious for selling students the wrong operating system. Other software is available to students at no cost via the online software distribution site.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Haslam College of Business Technology Integration Services. The best way to contact us is through email: haslamhelp@utk.edu or our help desk number: 865-974-4600.


Macintosh Specifications

  • Processor Speed:
    • MacBook or MacBook Pro system with 2.2GHz or higher Intel-based processor
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 8GB or larger
  • Hard Drive:
    • 512GB or larger
  • Network Capability:
    • Wireless 
    • Wired LAN (optional)
  • Operating System:
    • High Sierra or higher (required to run Windows)
    • You must also run Windows either in Apple's free Boot Camp utility or virtualization software such as Parallels or VMWare Fusion. Note that Parallels or Fusion (one only) and Windows 10 will have to be purchased separately in addition to the purchase of the computer. Windows software can be purchased from the Bookstore Technology Center – 865-974-2930. You will need a Windows partition in order to use Microsoft Excel macros and Microsoft Access which are not available in the Mac version of Office.

Windows Specifications

  • Processor Speed:
    • Intel i5
    • For increased speed, choose Intel i7
    • Note: With the amount of RAM recommended (see below), you should purchase a 64-bit operating system.
  • Memory (RAM):
    • 8GB or larger
  • Hard Drive:
    • 512GB or larger
  • Network Capability:
    • Wireless
    • Wired LAN (Internal or External) recommended
  • Operating System:
    • Any new system that comes with Windows 10 is acceptable