Computers

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Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Senior

Computers: The computers available on campus are pretty good usually, though most students use their own laptops. The printing costs are insane, and the speed of the network is sometimes very slow. But wi-fi is available campus wide, which is helpful.

5 College Junior

Computers: Wireless internet picks up before you even step on campus

College Sophomore

Computers: I live off campus, but close by, so I do all of my computer work/printing at hoome. I rarely use the school's services.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The wi-fi and computer accessibility is great

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are lots of computer labs available, with a variety of computer platforms available. Additionally many programs offer technology that may be rented out and used personally.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 254th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 298th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 319th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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In general, the computer resources at ASU accommodate students campuswide, and tech support is very helpful if problems arise. Since ASU uses an interactive system known as Blackboard to allow professors to post assignments, lectures, readings, grades, and a wide variety of information that is necessary for class, students need to have access to computers daily (if you care about your grade, that is). Since the majority of information is accessed via Blackboard, students really should consider buying a laptop unless they would rather find themselves locked up in the library fighting for a computer, getting distracted by noise, and just simply not being self-sufficient. If you buy a laptop before heading to ASU, you will thank yourself, and while you're at it, purchase a printer as well because it will save the eight cents per page that you will be charged to print from ASU printers.

If, by chance, you do need to use an ASU computer, there are plenty of locations to access one, whether it be any of the campus libraries, the Computing Commons (a multi-level computer lab), or some residence halls, such as Hassayampa or Barrett Honors College. Usually the Computing Commons or libraries can be a bit overbearing when it comes to finding a computer, but if you're patient, it's not a problem. One common issue students have with the ASU network is when the server goes down and Blackboard cannot be accessed. When this occurs, it really messes people up because they cannot turn in their assignments they waited to do at the last minute or study for a test they have an hour before class starts. You can usually guarantee the ASU network will be out once a month due to maintenance, overcrowding, or most recently, hack attempts. Likewise, the server will be extremely slow during midterms or finals season when most students realize they actually need to study for classes.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
All labs are open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
Yes
Printing costs 8 cents a page (Some departmental labs have free printing, but you must be part of that major; the Student Athlete Center allows free printing for athletes as well.)
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
You can find discounted software for Mac and Windows through the Computer Store at the ASU bookstore. Check out computerstore.asu.edu/store/pc/home.asp for a complete list.
Did You Know?
The ASU server was hacked in February 2012, leaving a campus-wide computer shut-down where students were unable to access their ASU accounts for a couple of days.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 500 responses

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  • 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 564 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 9% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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