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.