Harrisonburg, VA
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3 College Freshman

Computers: As far as I know we have 2 computer labs. There is Ashby Computer Lab and students have to have a specific reason for going there. This computer lab is mainly used for taking the MREST, a mandatory test that all students must pass to graduate. Also, there is a computer lab in Rose Library, or ECL. There are computers available in Carrier Library, but students typically don't use these for long periods of time. Printing on campus is okay depending on how much you print. It is 10 cent per page printed and so if you print a lot it'll probably be easier to just buy a printer. Many of the dorms have wireless but depending on the dorm depends on where it is. Many dorms just have wireless on the first floor and many of them have it all over. Some just have it in the lounge. Network reliability is solid and the speed is fast, however, the network does tend to shut down when everyone begins to register for classes. The need for a computer is definite! There are not enough computers on campus to rely on not having your own. The school does not supply students with computers, but they do sell them at the library for a decent enough price, although I believe you can get them cheaper at a store.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There a good number of computer labs and both libraries have a computer lab section.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I would definitely recommend bringing your own computer- I don't know anyone that doesn't have one. I suppose you could get along without one, there are a number amount of computer labs in various places on campus and in the library. Printing is a reasonable price, but I would bring your own printer as well. It's just a matter of connivence.

3 College Junior

Computers: I feel that James Madison University does a good job of keeping technology up to date.

4 College Junior

Computers: Having one or two more computer labs in each of the libraries would be helpful, especially during crowded times. I always bring my own laptop to the library though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 656th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 799th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 848th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1244th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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Students should have no issues finding a readily available computer at their leisure. The majority of students at JMU come equipped with a working laptop, but those who don't quickly learn to make do with the computers dispersed around campus. Both Carrier and East Campus libraries are stocked with computers and Mac laptops. However, with so many studious undergrads, you might have to dig around these libraries a little to find one unattended, especially during lunches and mid-day breaks. Usually if you wait a few minutes, a laptop will free up. If not, there’s always East Campus Library. If you choose to wait until the crunch of the week is over, the libraries are practically vacant. There are also various computer labs around campus, such as Ashby and Hillside labs, that are available for use. JMU students and grads work as lab attendants and are ready to field questions in these labs.

Some new students may be a little stressed over configuring their computers to JMU wireless. Unfortunately, except for the East Campus dorms, students utilize Ethernet cords instead of wireless. If you are a SMAD major, you may find it highly useful to invest in a Mac, as the majority of assignments and points on the curriculum involve the usage of specialized computer software.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
East Campus Library, Hillside Basement
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page for black and white, 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
JMU arranges volume discounts and site licenses to reduce the cost of software that must be purchased.
Did You Know?
  • If hooking up your computer at the beginning of the year is more stressful than fun, no worries! JMU offers CMIB (CampusNet Move-In Bonanza), a special service available to help students configure their computers to the JMU network and answer any questions students might have.
  • A team of four James Madison University computing students recently won first place in the national Microsoft Windows Challenge competition, which was held this year with the theme "Make the World a Safer Place." The team snatched the $4,000 first-place prize with an airport security checkpoint device designed to sense and identify potential high-security risks posed by baggage or passengers, according to

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 116 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 131 responses

  • 2% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% 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.
  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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