Computers

Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Junior

Computers: The Duke wireless network is amazing, always providing HD streams of TV shows.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most students have their own laptops, so it is probably more supply/demand, but if I have forgotten mine, I can usually find a computer in the library.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are a lot of e-print stations but sometimes they are broken

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Wifi is available everywhere and is fast. You are allocated money for printing, but if you somehow run out, they just give you more at no additional charge. The campus offers numerous computer labs, but most people just use their laptops for everything they need.

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4 College Senior

Computers: Does the job. Pretty good internet and OIT is very helpful

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 10th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 13th
    Fastest Internet
  • 54th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Duke’s network never fails to make all the Internet junkies across campus quiver with delight. It’s fast, easily accessible, well maintained, and virtually ubiquitous (wireless access in every building on campus). There are many computer clusters across campus to use, though most students choose to just bring their own laptops. 

Students need not purchase a printer, as Duke has developed a handy piece of software called ePrint, which enables students to send documents to their own digital printing queue. For example, after sending a particular document to the queue, all a student needs to do is swipe his or her card at any of the dozens of public printing stations across campus, select files to print, and voila!—out comes the paper. Overall, Duke's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is extremely efficient, and students seldom complain about the quality of computing on campus (except when their dorm's ePrint station jams up). 

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Every building on campus, with service strong enough to work in the middle of the quad
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
All labs are open 24 hours a day while classes are in session, except Lilly, which is open only during library hours.
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are given $32 worth of free black-and-white printing each semester, with printing costing 2 cents per page. Color printing runs 25 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Free downloads include: Microsoft Office, JMP 9, ArchiCAD 14, EndNote X4, ePrint, EASEUS Partition Master, Maple 14, McAfee Virus Scan, and think-cell. The Duke computer store offers discounts on products, as well.
Did You Know?
Duke has a mobile application for the iPhone/iPod touch, which houses a wealth of information, including the Duke directory, maps, news, events, hours and menus for on-campus eateries, and the ability to check the balance of and add funds to food points and FLEX spending accounts.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 49 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 60 responses

  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 23% 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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