Computers

Location
Sacramento, CA
Undergrads
20,625
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: I have not used the school's computers but I have used their wifi. Works better in some places than others

3 College Junior

Computers: There are electronic boards to show which labs have computers open and you can borrow a laptop from the library. Each semester offers a certain amount of prints free per student. The network options are limited and the wifi is per building, not campus-wide so expect to continuously reconnect.

5 College Senior

Computers: There are a lot of available computer rooms on campus

4 College Junior

Computers: There are many computers available to students and students may also rent out laptops for more convenience. The network is always reliable and I have never had a problem on campus.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are good computer labs, but they are all in one spot on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 74th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 95th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1139th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
Major
English
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Good luck finding an on-campus computer if it's not really early or really late in the day. Computer lab lines are downright scary, and they strike fear into the hearts of many students desperate to get work done. If you're trying to take a test online at the last minute, you run a serious risk of failing to take it before the deadline if you don't pay more attention to the competition for an open computer. Students with laptops or PCs definitely have an advantage over those who don't because they don't have to worry about crowded labs.

If you need to check your email really quickly, you can use the email stations in the library. But only use them if you're in a hurry and don't want to do anything else online because emailing is all you're supposed to use them for. You might as well just use the computer labs if you plan on doing more than just checking up on messages from your friends. Full-service lab computers have everything a typical PC has, so you can do homework, take tests, kill time on the Internet, or do tons of other things. There are eight open labs on campus, but more exist for certain types of students. Depending on your major, you can use other labs, some with Macs. Open labs like the ones mentioned at the beginning of this section are available for all students regardless of major and are never closed for class use.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
AIRC 2004 is open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday.
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students receive 200 free 8 ½ x 11 black and white laser prints credited to their OneCard each semester. After this, printing 8 ½"x11" black and white is $.06 per page. Color 8 1/2" x 11" laser prints are always $.60 per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The Microsoft Agreement for Students provides discounts on Windows XP, Microsoft Office XP, and Office X for Macs.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 150 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 157 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 56% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 22% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 22% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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