Computers

Location
Bozeman, MT
Undergrads
10,033
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers on campus are often being used, so I would recommend bringing your own laptop if possible. The wifi is not great and it sometimes takes multiple times to get a connection. During midterm and finals weeks, D2L is often overloaded and very hard to access quickly. If you need to take online exams during those times, I would recommend taking them somewhere off campus to avoid slow internet or crashes. Use MSU-secure whenever possible for wifi connection, because it is the most reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Never been able to log on and they are never available.

1 College Freshman

Computers: THE INTERNET IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS IS ABSOLUTELY ATROCIOUS. IT IS ALWAYS KICKING YOU OFF AND IS ALWAYS EXTREMELY SLOW.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers are alright, the wifi sucks

3 College Freshman

Computers: I brought my own computer and i'm very glad i did. Most of the assignments are online but there aren't a ton of places around campus to really work on a computer. Yes there are computers randomly around but few i would want to spend hours on or be able to really work on ( have space for notes, time, quite, etc). Also, i lived in the dorms and the wireless would constantly crash. And when the wireless wasn't working the school made you buy internet cables.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 934th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 955th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1214th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1291st
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Hometown
Pocatello, Idaho
Major
English Literature/Spanish
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Having more than 4,000 computers on campus would seem like more than enough for a school with 12,000 students. The problem is, students often have a difficult time finding an open computer in any of the main, easily accessible library labs during peak use times. After they finally achieve that goal, they find themselves waiting in line for a printer. The printers work with students' One Cards, giving each full-time student $7.50 worth of free printing per semester. Computer labs in residence halls are usually more accessible.

Despite the fairly adequate number of computers on campus, most MSU students choose to bring their own computers to school. The tech staff is very helpful, but usually swamped with calls. Those students who take their computers in to be fixed by the professionals at the tech support center often do not get their computers back for a few days. While the school does offer enough computers, many are poorly advertised and leave students wondering where they can go to write a paper and not be bothered. The crew at the tech center does an excellent job, but they do not have nearly enough staff members to handle the plethora of technical complaints and maladies MSU students encounter.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
A map of wireless access points is available at www.montana.edu/itcenter/wireless/wireless-map.php.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
The residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
No
Students are given $7.50 of free printing per semester. After you exceed this amount, printing is 3 cents per sheet, 5 cents per double-sided sheet.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
Everything is available on each student's personal Internet account: personal schedules, transcript information, and billing information.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 84 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 92 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 61% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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