Computers

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is wireless internet all over campus, even on green spaces which is really great. Unfortunately some dorms have really bad internet reception which can be very annoying. I have only needed tech support once so far, but they were very friendly and helpful. There are computers in every library as well as printers, but all of the classroom buildings do not have printers which is really a pain when you are rushing around trying to hand things in on time. Also, most undergrads only receive 100 pages of prints included in their fees which is not very much.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are pretty old, and the internet connection is pretty poor.

4 College Freshman

Computers: If you don't have a personal laptop, there are plenty of available computers on campus, but it may be a hassle to have to go to a lab to use. The wifi is very unreliable and the school does not provide a fair enough printing quota.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are next to no computer centers, but everything else is fine.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There's a lot of libraries all over campus that have computers and printing stations. The network is shakey but if you use an ethernet cable, it is rather reliable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 80th
    Fastest Internet
  • 151st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 351st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1398th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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If you have the means to do so, bringing your own computer will save you a lot of hassle. The University provides Ethernet in all the dorms, and it is pretty cheap to set up high-speed Internet even off campus. Almost all of the facilities on campus are equipped with Internet connections, so a laptop is probably your best bet. If you do need to use campus computers, there are always people to help out, and printing is free at most locations. Unfortunately, the only major 24-hour computer lab tends to get really crowded, and if you’re in a hurry, it can be frustrating—so leave yourself plenty of time.

It is hard to imagine surviving school without a laptop. If you do bring your own computer, it will quickly become your most important asset. Not only is it a good tool for your academics, but it also allows you to stay in constant contact with friends from home and at school. You can talk to your mom, chat with your friend down the hall, plan your trip to Vegas for spring break, play Tetris, download iTunes music, write your thesis, check the weather, find a good show to check out on the weekend, and watch YouTube videos—all at the same time, which can't be beat. Word of advice: Back up everything. Computers get stolen, lost, broken, and worn down, so be prepared. If it is still under warranty, however, University Computers on campus will help with repairs free of charge.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
There are a vast variety of areas throughout campus to get wireless access. The downside, however, is that many dorms, including apartment-style, still do not have wireless access. Visit www.bu.edu/pcsc/wireless/ for a complete listing.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
ACS (UNIX cluster and central e-mail server) Help Desk, Campus Network, and Information Technology Computer Lab (all at 111 Cummington St.)
Charged to Print?
Yes
Each student receives up to 500 free pages per semester at the main computer lab on Cummington St. and most others on campus. At some of the smaller labs (CAS), the fee is 10 cents a page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Groove, Microsoft Office 2008, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio
Did You Know?
  • If you don't log out after a session on any of the campus computers, you are at risk. Your personal user name and password are necessary to gain access to your records. If you do not sign out of your session, it is possible for another individual to acquire this personal information about your academic status. Some students are definitely guilty of printing long term papers on another careless student's open account. The moral of the story? Don't forget to log out.
  • BU is a member of Internet2 (NoX)-a national organization which operates a high-performance communications exchange. This allows the University to be connected to the Internet2 network, thereby providing us with very high-speed access to hundreds of other institutions connected to similarly advanced networks around the world.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 129 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 161 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 86% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 12% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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