Computers

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Computers: Plenty on campus, and available most of the time.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless connection is not good in many locations.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: I only say "bad" as of this year. For some reason, FSU's Wi-Fi and internet has been very inconsistent. I'll have a week of great internet, and then 2 weeks of terrible internet where it is slow, I get disconnected easily, and or I cannot connect at all. I have used the on-campus computer labs and those are pretty good. They have updated computers such as Mac Apple desktops or Acer desktops and those are always dependable. I don't bother to print on campus because I never know when the printer will or will not work. I usually print at home from my laptop. But if worse comes to worse, I always can rely on a computer lab to get my work done and then I'll send it to myself and print my work at home.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi on campus has its moments.

The library also offers computers and laptops to check out for a time limit if your computer is not working

3 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer and do not know much about computer labs on campus

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 148th
    Fastest Internet
  • 150th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 380th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 546th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Florida State University prides itself on being one of the most wired universities in the United States. The administration realizes that in order to be competitive, students must have access to the latest technologies. FSU is constantly updating their computer systems and network servers, not only for security purposes, but also to provide its student body with the most up-to-date computing available and the quickest network speed possible. This includes Ethernet connections and wired classrooms, along with a wireless network available at various locations. Many instructors now use FSU's Blackboard system to post class notes, assignments, and grades that are easy for students to access from any computer location, regardless if you own one or not.

Some students complain about crowded computer labs, but these are usually the ones who wait until the last minute to complete their assignments. Also, the school has adopted a stricter policy on file trading due to the strain it puts on the network servers and to avoid the possibility of copyright infringement lawsuits. This new enforcement helps to speed up the network. In addition to these new policies, the systems have been upgraded, continuing to make the network quicker. Having your own computer is not a necessity at FSU, but it is nice to have the convenience of checking your e-mail or communicating via Instant Messenger in the comfort of your own room.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Libraries, most classroom buildings, Wildwood and DeGraff dorms
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
5 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Student discounts are offered at campus bookstores. Plenty of discounted software is available from Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, SAS, Corel, SPSS, Sun, McAfee, and other companies.
Did You Know?
Yahoo! ranked FSU as the 18th most wired university in the nation.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 300 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 367 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 73% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 20% 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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