Computer Recommendations

Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, all incoming Engineering students are required to have a laptop computer for use in their academic studies.

Dell and Apple have been the preferred vendors of The University of Kentucky for several years, and through these relationships UK students and employees receive discounts on computers and other items purchased through the UK Dell Employee/Student discount site and UK Apple Employee/Student discount site.

UK Students are not required to purchase computers from Dell or Apple, and are encouraged to shop around for the best price on a laptop that meets or exceeds the College of Engineering minimum specifications.


Which calculator a student can use in a class, at least on their tests, is determined by the individual faculty members. In the first few semesters, students will generally be allowed to use calculators that are allowed on the SAT, ACT, or AP tests (basically, calculators that are not capable of performing symbolic manipulations). The Texas Instrument’s TI-84 plus falls into this category, as do similar Hewlett-Packard models. Later in their academic careers students will be able to use more powerful models.

Additional Information

Though students will have access to Google or Microsoft cloud drives, we recommend that students have an external hard drive to back their computer up to. They should also have a couple inexpensive thumb/jump drives for use as needed.

If you have questions not covered here, please contact Lynn Tilley ( or 859-257-3452) in Engineering’s Computing Services group.