Computers

Location
Montclair, NJ
Undergrads
12,380
Tuition (in-state)
$20,136 ($11,058)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are in good condition.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is really not that good but the computers in the lab are very nice and have Mac desktops

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There is a printing quota! During the worst time of the semester getting into a computer lab is quite difficult. However, there is a quick-print lab where you go for only printing and you have a 10 minute limit.

4 College Freshman

Computers: It's good the only thing I don't like is that some professor expect you to spend all your money printing over 30 pages and tha could hurt the budget you have to pay for printing.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: There needs to be higher networking access and availability to good computers.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 844th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1083rd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1104th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1409th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Catherine Winters
Hometown
Branchburg, NJ
Major
English
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Most MSU students bring a computer to school, and basically all students who live on campus have a computer and usually their own printer, as well. It's not that Montclair doesn't have computers or printers for students to use, but the labs are normally crowded. At midterm and final times, there can be a significant wait to use a computer or even get into a quick print lab. While it is nice to print out longer documents on the paper that tuition pays for, it's often much easier to do it on your own printer. Also, there is only one lab that is open 24 hours (four days a week) and only one lab that loans laptops for use outside of the lab. And, if you like having a computer in class, you will need your own.

The Office of Information Technology is pretty helpful. While they may not have the answers to all the questions, they are not buffoons who have no business near a computer. They aren't available to help all the time, but their hours are decent, and they are worth a call if you're stumped. The network at the school is fairly reliable. The whole campus has wireless access, which may be slow but works. The connection in the dorms is a little iffy still since the Wi-Fi is newest there, but if you have an Ethernet cable, you can still connect that way. In the end, if you have your laptop with you, you'll rarely get stuck without the Internet.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Most campus buildings have wireless access. A covereage map is available on the IT website.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Circulation Laptop Loan in Sprague Library is 24 hours Monday-Thursday.
Charged to Print?
No
Printing is free except for in the SIM Lab in Sprague Library, where it's 10 cents for black and white and 30 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
MSU offers Apple and Dell laptops at a discounted student price. JourneyEd offers discounts of up to 85 percent on lots of software, from Microsoft Office to Adobe Creative Suite.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 119 responses

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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 140 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 65% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 16% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 19% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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