Baton Rouge, LA
Tuition (in-state)
$22,265 ($6,989)
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4 College Freshman

Computers: The main library has many computers, most are newer apple desktop computers. Many students have their own laptops so computers are always available for use.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I have not had a problem. However, I prefer to use my own computer because I need quiet to study. And all of the computer labs are rather loud.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are up to date and easy to use.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: A computer is defiantly necessary. Most teachers put assignments online and are completed there. The library has plenty of computers and stays open pretty late. I've never printed on campus so I'm not sure about that. But the network does fail at time to time along with the wireless network.

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3 College Junior

Computers: The campus computers are pretty decent. Some buildings have nicer software, like Patrick F. Taylor and 151 Coates hall. Some dorms have updated computers but most are just common for email checking, typing assignments and any other online activity.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Fastest Internet
  • 82nd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 89th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 655th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Baton Rouge, La
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At LSU, computers become a way of life. It's necessary to learn to religiously check email and develop talents in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Semester Book links most classes through your PAWS desktop, allowing teachers to post grades, homework, and give you a way to reach them. TigerBytes is another service through PAWS that allows students to save files on the campus network and open them through any computer. Several departments, such as the College of Art & Design, require students to have a laptop (check with them to get specifications). It would be nearly impossible to get through college without some sort of computing device.

However, students don't have to have their own computer to survive. Though most students recommend having one for sheer convenience, the number of labs in dorms, libraries, and departments allows students to survive without their own computer. Even if you do bring your computer, the labs offer almost every program you could imagine, allowing you to complete projects without having to buy expensive software. The labs also offer inexpensive printing from students' Tiger Cards. LSU also offers an extensive campus wireless network for students to use their laptops around campus. Many students tote their laptops to class, though many end up playing solitaire or chatting with friends instead of taking notes.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Five cents for black and white, 25 cents for color. Most dorms and departmental labs allow students to print for free if they bring their own paper.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can access and buy discounted software. Students can also buy discounted Apple merchandise through the Apple Education store online.
Did You Know?
  • LSU is home to some of the fastest supercomputers in America: "SuperMike."
  • Students can check out laptops, cameras, and tripods for 72 hours through Middleton Library.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 112 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 136 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 70% 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.
  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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