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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Howard has a variety of computer labs but it is best to have your own things (computer and printer). The computer labs to get packed at school especially during exam week so it is best the plan ahead. The wifi at Howard also needs work so be warned it goes in and out and does what it wants to do. If you have a mac you have to have it registered by Howard's tech support.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer lab access is great.

4 College Freshman

Computers: We have Apple computers and Dell computers so that's good. Printing on campus has become easier. There are printers inside the dorms and i believe you're allowed to print more than 50 pages now? Howard's wifi is sometimes a joke.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The iLab is amazing (when the computers and printers actually work)! The difficult part is finding a computer that is not locked or has not been broken. Sometimes the printers break and have to be repaired; luckily, there are about 8 large-scale commercial printers; however, on a given day 2-3 may be broken. The are computers available in the libraries, but students rarely use them. Secret: The School of Social Work <--- they have functioning computers and printers. Students rarely visit their library, so it is easy to find a usable and quiet place to work, print, and study. Health Sciences library is the next best thing. The iLab, Founder's library, and Blackburn Lab tend to stay crowded.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: If you don't bring a laptop, there are plenty of computer labs on campus but I would highly suggest bringing one anyway. Also, the wifi can be very difficult and it's usually at the most inconvenient times.


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  • 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
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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.

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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 163 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 191 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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