Computers

Location
Big Rapids, MI
Undergrads
9,366
Tuition (in-state)
$16,512 ($10,354)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: You have Internet access in the dorms but have to have a wireless router if you don't want to be connected to the wall constantly. TAC is available to help with your computer but they are always pretty busy. Feel free to use campus computers since they are often available but no need to bring them to class. Many professors record their lectures which is nice. There is WiFi in most buildings but is not always easy to connect to.

3 College Junior

Computers: I don't know if each school building has a computer lab but those that do are fine to use

3 College Junior

Computers: Some resident halls have computer labs, but most don't. There are plenty in the library though if you want to study there. Some majors are heavily favored in there access to technology and the quality of that technology. Printing at the library isn't too terribly costly.

3 College Student

Computers: The only think that irks me is the internet speed.

College Sophomore

Computers: Have not moved to the campus

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1101st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1204th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1235th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1278th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Moore
Hometown
Temperance, MI
Major
Marketing
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Most students who come to Ferris bring a laptop or a desktop computer with them. There are many different computers offered on campus, in buildings and at the library. Most of the time the facilities are not overly crowded, except when it comes around exam time when many projects are due. The staff who runs the facilities is helpful, and the computers are outfitted with all of the software and systems that any student would need. Also, they offer printing to the students at a minimal cost.

The tech support at Ferris is quiet helpful. They are available via e-mail or a phone call. If it is past their hours of operation, you can leave a message, and they will put in a work order when they receive it. Once the tech support has attempted to solve the problem, they will give you a call to make sure that things are working properly and will then close the work order. If you have any questions about the system or the problem, most will take their time to explain it to you in simple terms.

The network at Ferris is not the most reliable. Most of the time, access to the Internet on campus is very simple, following logging into Cisco. However, there are times when there are too many users and the system will not allow you to log in, keeping you off the Internet. However, Ferris is constantly working to prevent this problem from happening.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Residence halls, dining facilities, academic buildings, student lounges
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Dorms: Brophy & McNerney, Merrill & Travis, Taggart, and Bond; FLITE
Charged to Print?
Yes
$.10 per page for black and white; $.50 per page for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are some items on which students can receive discounts. These items include cables, switches, wireless access points, Adobe, AutoCAD, and Microsoft programs. There's also a link to a site where there are many other software programs and hardware available at up to 85% off commercial prices: www.journeyed.com

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 93 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 103 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 71% 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.
  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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