Computers

Location
Smithfield, RI
Undergrads
3,287
Tuition
$36,872
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers they give you are great, WIFI sucks

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3 College Junior

Computers: computers are good, wifi is down time to time

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless network experiences difficulties now and then but generally its performance is superb!

4 College Freshman

Computers: We get awesome touch-screen laptops, and you get the newest model every 2 years (upgrade junior year).

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Bryant is known for being technologically advanced, however, it still does run into network problems here and there.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 114th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 165th
    Fastest Internet
  • 202nd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 962nd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Devon Correll
Hometown
Rutland, VT
Major
Marketing
Grad Year
2014
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The Bryant University Student Laptop Program provides students with computers as part of their tuition package. Students are issued new IBM/Lenovo ThinkPads at the beginning of their freshman year. The laptops run on Windows 7 and are equipped with basic software, such as Microsoft and Adobe programs. During their junior year, students trade in their original laptop for a newer model that is theirs to keep. At that time, juniors are also given the option to purchase their previous laptops for $350. Bryant University's Laptop Central is open six days a week and provides on-campus hardware and software assistance to students. They are very mindful of the busy lives of students, maintaining average turnaround times of one to two hours for repairs. There are approximately 240 desktop computers available for student use on campus. The majority of these can be found in the library and Koffler Technology Center. Even during exams, desktop computers are rarely all in use, so you never have to worry if you don't feel like lugging your laptop around. These desktop computers are updated every three years. The entire campus is equipped with wireless Internet. In addition, all dorms, library workstations, and most classrooms have Ethernet jacks for students who wish to plug in for a faster connection.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
Bryant provides students with $40 of free printing per academic year. Black and white printing costs 5 cents per page, and color printing costs 50 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Bryant students receive 20 percent off Targus products. Targus offers laptop cases, bags, and accessories.
Did You Know?
  • Beginning in March 2011, Bryant made the switch to Google for all University email accounts (student, faculty, staff, etc). The most notable improvement from the old email system due to this switch is increased storage space (no more deleting important emails just to free up space!). In addition, students are now able to take advantage of many of the other features of Google, such as Google Docs and Google sites.
  • The class of 2012 was the first class to have the alternative option of receiving a smaller, lightweight model of their laptop (rather than the standard full-size model) for their junior year trade-in, while keeping their previous laptop at no additional charge.
  • In addition to a laptop, every incoming freshman also receives a Targus backpack-style padded laptop carrying case, a 4GB USB thumb drive, and two Ethernet cables (50 feet and 3 feet).

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 64 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 87 responses

  • 98% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 2% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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