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4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer system at my school is really well, with wireless readily available at every spots on campus. There are OIT labs in both of the major libraries - Lilly and Perkins - that could assist students with computer softwares from Photoshop, etc.

5 College Freshman

Computers: You basically need your own computer. I haven't met a single person without one.

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5 College Junior

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

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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

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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 57 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 65 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 69% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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