Computers

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The service is great except during the times of finals and midterms when everyone is using the wireless internet for studying and reviewing their criteria.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computers are plentiful but need maintenance.

5 College Senior

Computers: We have laptops that are available to us for class. I haven't seen a computer lab, but that's because we don't need one. We don't have to pay for printing, but that could just be in my classroom. I often bring my own computer, however, because I am more familiar with its functions. The network reliability and speed is always great.

3 College Junior

Computers: I have my own lap top and printer in my dorm room, so I really can't answer.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most students do not really know about the computer labs and the software on campus. The wifi is pretty good.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 678th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1096th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1276th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1316th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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The great thing about attending a newer school like George Mason is that students have access to wireless Internet practically everywhere they go. Most students think having a laptop is a huge benefit, especially since the computer labs are very crowded during the day and during finals. Most buildings on campus do provide wireless Internet, so bringing a laptop for class is good for taking notes and doing a little Facebook surfing when the lectures get too boring. Logging on to the wireless Internet is simple (you just have to type in your Mason username and password) but sometimes the system can be a pain—you need to re-log in about every hour, so always make sure you’re logged in when trying to submit an assignment, otherwise you could lose your work.

Blackboard, a site that allows professors to post class content and grades for students, is a popular tool here, and assignments for some courses may all be submitted via Blackboard based on the professor’s preference. One major student complaint is that the site goes under maintenance at inconvenient times, and even crashes sometimes, making it hard to view the syllabus or submit assignments for class. The ITU Support Center is helpful when students are having computer issues, and can even make free in-room visits to rid students’ laptops of viruses or take care of other common computer issues. Overall, Mason is definitely a technologically advanced campus, although the University is still working out a few minor technology glitches.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All student dorms, all student centers, Fenwick Library and all buildings from Robinson B through the North Plaza to the Engineering Building. Check out the full listing here: http://wireless.gmu.edu/coverage.html
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
The computer labs in Innovation Hall and the Johnson Center are only open 24 hours during the weekdays of pre-finals and during finals each semester.
Charged to Print?
Yes
8 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students have access to a free copy of Symantec AntiVirus Software and the on-campus computer store, Patriot Computers, offers students selected hardware and software at discounted prices. Students can get the discounts by visiting the on-campus store, or by using a special GMU discount number at the company's Web site.

Did You Know?
The University offers IT training workshops for students, faculty, and staff free of charge. Some of the topics include HTML, Photoshop CS4 and Microsoft Word, and Excel.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 217 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 212 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 74% 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.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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