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Technology Integration Services

 Haslam College of Business

Laptop Requirements

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 a USB external hard drive, Flash drive or burn your files to CD/DVD periodically. 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 (click on a vendor name on the right to get pricing). 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.



Macintosh Laptop Specifications

Processor Speed

  • MacBook or MacBook Pro system with 2.2GHz or higher Intel-based processor.

Memory (RAM)

  • 4GB or larger.

Hard Drive

  • 512 GB or larger.

Network Capability

  • Wireless (Internal or External)  --  “N” is required.
  • Wired Lan (Internal or External).

Operating System

  • Mac OSX 10.10 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 7 or 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.

Web Browser

  • Safari or Firefox


Windows Laptop Specifications

Processor Speed

  • For low-end speed, choose Intel i3
  • For mid-range speed, choose 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)

  • 4GB or larger.

Hard Drive

  • 512 GB or larger.

Network Capability

  • Wireless (Internal or External)  --  “N” is required.
  • Wired Lan (Internal or External).

Operating System

  • Any new system coming with Windows 7 or Windows 10 is acceptable

Web Browser

  • Internet Explorer or Firefox

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Haslam College of Business Technology Integration Services. The best way to contact them is via email: haslamhelp@utk.edu.

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