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3 College Sophomore

Computers: it has good days and bad days

3 College Junior

Computers: While we don't have the most extensive computer labs, what we do have is definitely something you can work with. However, a laptop is recommended when you want to just zone out in the library versus going to the ilab.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: The ilab is as best as its gets and what I recommend to any student who does not have a computer. In terms of the other labs, they are small and not all computers are hooked up to printers which is a big hassle. And there's no way to know which computer is not hooked up to the printer until you're trying to print something and can't. The WiFi is slow most of the time and sometimes down. I recommend just bring your own computer and printer/scanner to save yourself the headache.

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2 College Student

Computers: this is where I don't like the campus so much. there are plenty of 4G areas in D.C but with my carrier(sprint) I never seem to have a great connection. in the buildings I always have like 2 out of 5 bars or if I have entered in a Wi-Fi hotspot, the speed isn't all that good. this part of campus life is going to suck and I hope I nothing happens where I need to communicate to someone and I cant because of faulty internet

2 College Freshman

Computers: The school needs to enhance its technological advancement


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1051st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1348th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1401st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1406th
    Best Wireless Availability

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Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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The school's computer network offers a combination of excellent speed and firewall protection. It extends all over the school, including the dorms, and even students who live off campus can access it through a dial-up connection. Unfortunately, even though there is a large 24-hour computer lab that is well equipped with the latest PCs and software, as well as computer labs for each department, the dorms, and the student center, it can be difficult to actually find a free computer at certain times of the day. While the administration is taking steps to improve the current computer:student ratio, the reality is that most people just bring their own computers either to the computer lab, their dorms, or anywhere else on campus that they can link up to the wireless network. In addition to the school wireless network, wireless access is also available at all of the coffeeshops and bookstores in the city for those students who find themselves in need of Web access while they're spending time off campus.

The technical support staff on campus is always capable whenever students come to them seeking help with their own computers or with any equipment in the computer lab. The main lab is broken up into sections; in addition to the computer room, there is a mini-lounge with vending machines, sofas, chairs, tables, TVs, and restrooms, as well as computer stations where students can check their campus e-mail. There is a basic set of rules to abide by in the computer room; students cannot eat, drink, or use their cell phones, and there is a 30-page-a-day printing limit-it's rarely enforced, though.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
The iLab
Charged to Print?
Did You Know?
As part of the Microsoft Developer Network, Academic Alliance (MSDN-AA), the University has an annual subscription of over 1,700 Microsoft software products, including operating systems and software development tools for use at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 141 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 184 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 77% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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