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.