Bloomington, IN
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5 College Freshman

Computers: its very secure, so the constant logging in gets annoying

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4 College Freshman

Computers: IU Secure sometimes is a hassle but its fine

4 College Senior

Computers: There are tons and tons of computers labs and printers on campus. There are also certain labs that are "hot spots" during breaks between classes. Find a secluded lab, like the one in the Black Cultural Center Library! Plan ahead for printing.

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4 College Senior

Computers: Several computer labs all through campus. Only thing I would suggest would be more printers (in hallways where there are computers)

4 College Junior

Computers: There are computers in almost every building and printers for students to use if they are unable to print at home. The network reliability is great! I never have a problem with using IU Secure. The University also offers tech support in our Union, which is very helpful.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Fastest Internet
  • 81st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 105th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 164th
    Best Wireless Availability

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Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
Public finance/Unknown
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There's no mistaking the fact that IU is squarely in the middle of the information age. If you take one look around in any building, you'll find computer labs and e-mail express stations, many of which are open until the wee hours of the morning for those on a deadline. With an extensive network of support online, over the phone, or even through personal interaction, it would be difficult for even the most technologically-impaired student to feel left in the dark. Every dorm room has a high-speed Ethernet connection, and there's no waiting for campus computers to catch up. The numerous awards IU has won for its technological savvy and the simple convenience of the equipment proves the campus is wired for academic success.

Computers are expensive, and it may not always be an option to bring your own when you come to IU, but if it's possible, a personal unit is highly recommended. With your own PC, you'll have the option to fight lab traffic at peak hours or procrastinate at your own pace on that term paper that won't seem to write itself. Also, there are Macs with special software like Adobe Photoshop and DreamWeaver in some schools, notably the fine arts and journalism schools, so if you can't afford expensive professional wares, you're still covered. If you don't have your own, though, IU makes survival possible and not at all unpleasant.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
In all IU campus buildings and outdoor locations
24-Hour Labs?
Information Commons in the Main Library
Charged to Print?
Undergrads get 650 free pages per semester, and students living in residence halls get an additional 100-page bonus per semester. Anything after that will cost 4 cents per black-and-white page and 1 dollar per color page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Office Enterprise Edition 2007, SPSS, Symantec Endpoint Protection
Did You Know?
  • The school's policy of replacing all Student Technology Centers computer equipment every three years means that 70 percent of all current STC equipment is less than two years old.
  • IU's Knowledge Base, a huge online database with answers to more than 60,000 computing questions, has garnered international praise and honors since its inception in 1988. Among these are: (1) The Society for Technical Communication's highest honor, the Distinguished Technical Communication award, in the User Support Tools category of the STC International Online Competition; (2) The award for Institutional Excellence in Telecommunications from the Association for Telecommunications Professionals in Higher Education; (3) EDUCAUSE's "Best Practices" award.
  • Some of the benefits IU creates for students include universal student network accounts for e-mail and computer access and specialty accounts for students in certain programs, digital storage on the Common File System (CFS), technical support, and software for all students called IUware.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 172 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 203 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 66% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 9% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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