Raleigh, NC
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Technology on campus could be better in the sense of wireless availability, but other than that it is not terrible.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I hate that they charge you to print. The network is usually pretty reliable.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The library has all types of computers available for student use. I never had a problem finding one to use.

4 College Freshman

Computers: You do need to have your own computer for ENG 101 which is required for everyone. You can't just use the computers they have in the libraries.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are a lot of computers around campus, but they are often full. Bringing a laptop is a good idea just to be on the safe side. Internet connection is fine.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 84th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 93rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 152nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 210th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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The computer network at NCSU is very convenient for most students. All students may work off of the same network, which is nice, though it can make a computer more susceptible to viruses. Almost every college on campus has at least one main public computer lab. Sometimes these labs are occupied by classes to give students a general introduction to unfamiliar courseware programs like MAPLE. The computers in open labs have many different interfaces, making it easy to use programs such as UNIX, Linux, and MAPLE lab, which is required for all engineering calculus courses. Computer labs are not usually crowded, although many labs located in dormitory lounges tend to crowd a little when a MAPLE math lab is due.

Computer labs offer the option of not buying expensive software that the student may not want to purchase. ResNet is a network service provided to students who live at NCSU; this service allows a student to connect his or her personal computer to NCSU's computer network.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
First Year College Commons, Honors Commons Building, North Residence Hall, Sullivan Residence Hall, Wolf Village Building G
Charged to Print?
You may print things for classes for free within the computer lab of your respective college.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through the Office of Information Technology at
Did You Know?
Visit and you will find everything you need to know-hours of computer labs, locations, free software, and rules and regulations that NC State expects all students to abide by

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 125 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 150 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 75% 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.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.



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