Computers

Location
Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs are spread all over campus

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I have a laptop, so I rarely have to use an on campus computer. The main problem about campus is the wifi situation. It is often very spotty, and hard to find even in places that should have full service, like the library and classrooms.

3 College Junior

Computers: Decent mount of labs and computers, however during busy times of the day or semester it can be very hard to find a campus computer to use. Reliability and speed can vary and are not always enough. I feel the need for a personal computer for in-class and home use.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Just download the program and you can print anywhere on campus from your computer. Black and white printing is 7 cents a page. The wireless is a decent speed and generally reliable except for the occasional dead zone in certain buildings. Plenty of computers to use, especially in the library.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of computers but sometimes the areas get crowded. You have to know exactly where to go.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 53rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 91st
    Fastest Internet
  • 103rd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 152nd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
Hometown
Graham, Wash.
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While BYU has 12 open computer labs and over 500 computers, it often seems as if all 30,000 students want to use them at the same time. In order to avoid the crowds and to facilitate late-night paper-writing, many BYU students bring their own computers. The vast majority of BYU-approved housing has high-speed Internet connections that are usually included in the cost of rent. The dorms are all hooked up to BYU's Ethernet system. Desktops must be high-speed Internet compatible, and laptops require an Ethernet card, which can be purchased in the computer section of the Bookstore. All incoming students are given an e-mail account, and many teachers will use the electronic blackboard for class announcements and homework assignments.

BYU's network and servers are exceptionally fast and, if you can avoid the firewall, a very good tool when doing research. Students may complain about the firewall, but it rarely causes problems. When it does, however, it is usually more amusing than annoying. All of the labs are updated every three years to ensure that the computers are up-to-date. All computers are all equipped with floppy, CD, and zip drives. In addition to the open computer labs around campus, many of the departments have smaller labs for the students within the majors.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in many locations and most buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
7 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Media Mac, Microsoft Office 2003 Standard, Microsoft Office Mac 2004 Professional, Microsoft Office Mac 2004 Standard, Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft OneNote 2003 Win, Microsoft Project Pro 2003 AE Win, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade
Did You Know?
The computers in the campus labs are updated every three years, ensuring the newest and best technology

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 301 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 351 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 60% 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.
  • 12% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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