Greenville, NC
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs on campus. You have to pay for prints in the library, but in places like the white dorm on west end and some academic buildings you can print for free.

4 College Senior

Computers: Students can check out laptops from the library to use within the library. Each student gets a printing allowance at the library to print. There are also multiple computer labs on campus where students can print for free. The only difficult thing is if you need to make copies, your print money does not allow you to make copies.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are very useful. Printing on campus is free. There is usually an open computer in the computer lab. Also if you are having a problem with your personal computer, you could take it to the tech support and they will fix the problem for you.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: The whole campus has wifi and there are abundant computers and computer labs to use.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi everywhere is wonderful. It makes it so that you can literally do your work anywhere on campus, even while sitting outside waiting for your class to start. Printing at a dorm computer lab or in Austin is completely free. You only have to pay to print at Joyner. Campus living internet is slow and the free antivirus software is annoying - you can't use the internet at all unless the software is running. Having a laptop, however, is DEFINITELY recommended! While there are labs, its a hassle having to go back and forth to the library.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 150th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 257th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 273rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 368th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Mandel
Matthews, NC
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ECU is a very wired campus. Students can do many things online right from their dorm rooms, such as check grades, drop or add classes, read the East Carolinian, search for student organizations, and participate in online discussion forums at Banner or at (managed off campus). Ideally, however, the extensive computer network on campus would actually help students get out of their rooms by connecting them to other students who have similar interests but who they might not have met yet in classes or organizations. Computers are not required for all incoming students at ECU, and with some labs open late or 24 hours, computers are not really necessary, but they are worth it for the convenience of being able to work or socialize online at any time of the day or night. The IT Help Desk is a 24-hour hotline that provides remote troubleshooting assistance for computer difficulties for students on and off campus. On-campus students can also make appointments for "room service" to help set up their computer and register it on the network. Each student is provided with an e-mail account that has spam filtering capability and network space for files (Pirate Drive) and for hosting personal Web sites. Also, if students do not want to purchase design software, several computer labs have it installed there.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available everywhere except inside residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Austin 104
Charged to Print?
Only the library charges up-front printing fees. In all labs, printing costs are covered by the University fees students pay along with their tuition.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Macromedia, and Microsoft products are available at student-discount prices. More info is available at
Did You Know?
  • Banner is a centralized source for students to access such information as course schedules, catalogs, and registration, grades, student surveys, discussion forums, campus directories, class rosters, majors and degrees, academic calendars, tuition statements, local weather, or news headlines from the East Carolinian.
  • MailMarshall is the spam blocker for the ECU e-mail service. Students can open MailMarshall and see what messages have been blocked. Sometimes, there might be important messages that students will need to release from the spam blocker, so don't just delete the MailMarshall e-mails!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 117 responses

Very weak
  • 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 132 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 67% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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