Computers

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Waco, TX
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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The network can be pretty slow at times, but there's wi-fi in every building, just none outside

3 College Freshman

Computers: I'm not a tech savvy person so I try to avoid computers at all times, but there are plenty of rooms and libraries with computers. The wifi is easily accessible although the network is sometimes slower than average during times like finals, when a lot of students are all trying to access the network.

3 College Freshman

Computers: You can always find a computer lab but when you want to study in your room or alone having your own computer is necessary because checking out computers requires waitlists and sometimes they don't even have chargers for their computers because they allow people to check them out separately rather than in a pair.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers to use all over campus although most students have their own laptop. In fact, I'm pretty sure nearly every single building has several computers available for student use. Both Macs and PCs are available all over, although the main computer labs can get pretty crowded during exam weeks. Baylor gives you a ton of prints and I've neber come close to running out. WiFi is reliable all over campus including in the dorms (new this years) and I have never had a problem with it being slow at all. I would recommend a personal computer because of convenience, the ability to always save your own work, and the fact that the main computer labs are not too close to the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet system works all the time and is convenient to use, but is often slow.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 169th
    Fastest Internet
  • 190th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 229th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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There's little you can't do with the on-campus computers. The wireless network, also known as Air Bear, spikes from time-to-time, but the library staff stays abreast of most problems. The two labs that are open twenty-four hours are completely different and act as a late-night hub for student activity. The Information Commons on the second floor of Moody Library is more of a group study area, and there are no quiet hours. The garden level lab is considered a "quiet study area," and if your group work gets too loud, you'll be asked to leave. Every semester, Student Technology Services hosts software clinics free to all students, faculty, and staff where you can learn programs such as Power Point, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Fireworks. Typically the only complaints that ever go on with the computers on campus are that during finals there aren't enough available. Baylor has been undergoing serious budget cuts in the last two years, so none of the computers have been replaced, and the allotment for printing and charges are relatively new.

There is a Baylor Book Store that has some decent discounts on software, so you can check that out if you're in need. Online gamers eat up a lot of bandwidth once you're plugged into the network if you're living in a dorm, but for general computer usage, you'll never run into any problems.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
In all buildings except for dormitories.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Moody Computer Lab (Garden Level of Moody Library) and Information Commons (Second Floor of Moody Library)
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are given an allotment at the beginning of the year (400 sheets). Once the allotment is up, it’s 7 cents a page to print.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office Products, Outlook, Photoshop, Windows operating systems
Did You Know?
  • The Crouch Fine Arts Library houses one of the most renowned music libraries in the Southwest. The Library boasts 50,000 audio and video recordings and 75,000 music scores. Special computers with keyboards attached and virtual recording studios make this a popular place for music students or budding musicians to perfect their craft.
  • You can check out laptops for a four-hour renewable period from the Information Commons and Garden Level of Moody.
  • Currently the only locations on campus that offer color printing services for students are the Casey Computer Center and Baylor Duplicating. These locations charge a fee for color printing.
  • An online forum, known as the BIN, serves as a huge source of information for current students and incoming freshmen. Once you're enrolled as a student, even before attending your first class, you can ask what classes to take, which professors to avoid, buy or sell furnishings, and ask any general question you want; all will be answered or discussed by students in one of the many online forums. Faculty members often visit the Web site to keep their pulse on student opinion. Visit the BIN at: www.bin.baylor.edu.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 156 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 167 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 62% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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