Computers

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,970
Tuition
$39,499
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: AU's internet eagle secure can be very inconsistent sometimes. There are numerous places on campus where you can print, and there is a separate printing section on your ID card.

4 College Junior

Computers: Printing is provided with your "Eaglebucks" card, and is not that expensive if you are planning on printing out articles or papers a couple times a week for the semester. Network reliability can be iffy but AU recently fixed a lot of the network problems and I have not run into any issues this semester. The need for a personal computer is not a necessity but I would highly advise it. There are often not a lot of computers available in the library during typical study hours, but there are plenty of labs around campus if you are in dire need. I would advise a computer for both social and class work.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: You're average college computer network. Ive never had a problem with wireless but no provider is ever 100% perfect. Speed is fine in my opinion. Computer labs and school computers aren't really used by a ton of students so you can find one if you need to use one.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Probably best to bring your own laptop. The labs can be useful, but they get crowded, especially in the library.

2 College Freshman

Computers: There are almost exclusively PCs. Wifi is usually quick and available in the buildings but since the campus is compact I think there could be more signal in between buildings.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 792nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 953rd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1404th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1411st
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Hometown
Brooklyn
Major
Law & Society
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Everywhere on campus has instant Internet access. The wireless network is a great convenience for students with laptops who want to emerge from their dorm rooms while writing term papers. This makes buying a laptop the best choice for those bringing their own computers.

The vast majority of students brings its own laptops, but students who can’t bring one need not worry because there are plenty of computer labs on campus with Internet access. 

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in certain locations across campus
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
The Anderson computer lab is open 24 hours Sunday through Friday. It closes at midnight on Saturday and reopens Sunday morning.
Charged to Print?
Yes
AU has a campus-wide pay-for-print system called Uniprint, costing 10 cents per page for black and white printers, $1 for color printers.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
IT has many software applications available for students: Blackboard, Cisco Clean Access, Symantec Antivirus, and Windows 7.
Did You Know?
  • Lecture halls have outlets for laptops if you want to type your notes.
  • The Campus IT department provides software free to students, such as anti-virus and writing programs.
  • AU offers many classes online via virtual classrooms.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 95 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 117 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 74% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 22% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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