Computers

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
1,130
Tuition
$24,028
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Computers: The computers are very fast and readily available. Changes will also be made if students need to use them early or security is always available to come and unlock classrooms with computer for students to use.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: so old school and slow!

1 College Freshman

Computers: The internet connection is horrible even in the dorms and the library is always crowed.

1 College Sophomore

Computers: Not many places to use campuses computers and they all close after midnight. internet gets funky and kicks you out at the worst times

3 College Junior

Computers: I have not had a problem with finding an available computer thus far on campus. I have only been attending since the summer semester began but thus far it is really easy.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 646th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 652nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 662nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 802nd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Pennington
Hometown
Zelienople, Pa.
Major
Writing/French minor
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Most La Roche students have their own computers, which could be due to the fact that the technology offered in the computer labs is obsolete. The College systems use Microsoft Windows XP but have hardware that can barely run any programs. Plus, the machines are so abused by students that they have become virtually useless after only a few years of use. The labs are usually full of students frantically fighting over the computers that actually function. There are about 200 computers available for student use on campus, but only about 100 work properly. Also, the temperature in the computer labs always seems to be about 20 degrees higher than normal room temperature, causing a hot and humid environment that is hard to concentrate in.

La Roche's East Campus is where most of the academic classes take place. Typically, design students use the Macintosh computer labs in the basement of the Wright Library, and the academic students use the general lab in the library. Although there are no written rules about who can use which lab, the Mac lab monitors seem to give non-design students somewhat of a hard time if they try to use a computer there. This is especially frustrating when the general computer lab is full. The verdict? Bring your own computer to La Roche.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
No
None
Charged to Print?
No
Students are allotted $50 worth of print credits per semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are educational discounts via Dell Premier, Microsoft Office Pro, Office, and Windows Vista Business Upgrade.
Did You Know?
  • Computer labs are available to all students, but priority is given to those who need specific hardware or software for a class.
  • Each semester, the department of information technology hires student technology associates who provide assistance to students who need help in the labs.
  • Certain majors, such as graphic or interior design, require students to own a personal computer and specific software.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 15 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • 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 12 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 75% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 25% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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