Computers

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
3,694
Tuition
$36,320
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Never appreciated while there, but once I went to grad school I realized I had it great there.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Free printing is great, and the library is usually open all night on weekdays which is super convenient. Wifi is also usually speedy and accessible for everyone.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Free printing but the printers are a far walk when its late.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are rarely full--just at crunch time for exams. Usually you are able to find a computer on campus.

4 College Junior

Computers: I've never had a problem finding a computer on campus, the tech support is great, and there is wifi on campus. The only problem is the network can sometimes be slow.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 93rd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 159th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 192nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 236th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Frankie Bustamante
Major
Politics
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At Catholic University, students are provided with pretty much everything they will ever need computer-wise. Mullen Library provides enough computers for students to use for virtually their entire academic journey at CUA. The Leahy computer lab has a 24-hour open door policy and is ideal for students who have no computer or printer—or both. In short, students can more than get by without bringing their own equipment—academically, that is. For students who are attached to their PCs or Macs, it is not even a question if they will bring their computers. Sure, from time to time the Internet tends to slow down a bit, and a few times a year there is a brief outage, but for the most part, students really cannot complain.

The Center for Planning and Information Technology, known as CPIT, is helpful in meeting students' needs should something not work and even services broken computers. There is an occasional student who will say CPIT is unhelpful or slow to answer questions, but the consensus is that they are cooperative and expeditious when needed. Like everything, however, there is room for improvement. It would be better if there were another 24-hour computer lab and if the entire campus was wireless. But in the end, whether students readily admit or not, CUA makes computer life pretty easy.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Select residence halls and common areas on campus
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Leahy Hall computer lab
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Through the University's Student Computer Initiative (SCI) Program, CUA students are able to purchase computers at discounted prices.
Did You Know?
The University is very Mac friendly! Macintosh computers and laptops work on the University's network, and the University bookstore sells Macs and Mac equipment, and even provides sample MacBooks for students to try. In addition, the University purchased several iMacs, which students are free to use in Mullen Library, Leahy lab, and other places throughout campus.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 27 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 32 responses

  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 56% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 38% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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