Computers

Location
Flagstaff, AZ
Undergrads
17,610
Tuition (in-state)
$20,364 ($8,008)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Once again, my recollections may be somewhat outdated, but even my recent experiences with the Tucson North NAU campus computer lab was only an 'average' or barely satisfactory experience.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are computer labs adequately spaced out throughout the campus. There are always chairs available and the computers run smooth. Networks are reliable, though there is infrequent outages (extremely rare).

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4 College Senior

Computers: Each hall has their own computer lab. Internet is okay, not the best but its speedy.

5 College Junior

Computers: If you need to use a school computer lab, there is never need to wait in line or search hard to find one. There are community computers all over the place. The network is always fast and reliable.

4 College Junior

Computers: I have my own computer but the computers on campus are great!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 736th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1071st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1162nd
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Hirschl
Hometown
Tempe, AZ
Major
Advertising
Grad Year
2013
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Being nestled in the mountains as it is, you wouldn't really think of NAU as a tech-savvy destination. Contrary to popular belief, Louie the Lumberjack is a big technology guy. NAU is changing, and its computer situation reflects that immensely. There are many labs on campus, but bringing one of your own will definitely make things easier—the Cline Library computers are always very packed, and finishing a paper in the early hours of the morning can become a real pain if you have to trek to one of the 24-hour labs. The wireless network is available in most of the academic buildings and in the University Union. The Ethernet network in the residence halls is very fast, but be prepared to jump through a ton of hoops to be able to log on. The folks over at ResNet, the on-campus computing department, can be very unreliable when it comes to troubleshooting.

If you're a big fan of downloading music, though, get it all in while you can now. The University prevents any kind of file sharing through the use of P2P programs with a nearly impenetrable firewall. Be careful about breaking any of the rules, too, as ResNet is pretty strict about catching people. One cool thing about the residence hall network is that if you're a user of iTunes, the program allows you to see other iTunes users on the network and access their music files. All in all, the computer situation at NAU is pretty impressive.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Cowden Computer Lab and South Lab
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents a page in the library and other buildings, but free depending on your major.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through Information Technology Services at www4.nau.edu/its/softwarestore. You can also access discounts at the NAU bookstore-if you're looking for Apple products, that is. They also offer sweet discounts on Kindles and other technological must-haves.
Did You Know?
  • There are computers set up for students to access their LOUIE accounts in many of the buildings on campus.
  • NAU was one of ten schools nationwide to receive the Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching Leadership grant, which included several HP Tablet PCs, docking stations, digital cameras, printers, and digital projectors.
  • The snowy peaks at Snowbowl too tempting to pass up? Going to class becoming a chore? No problem. NAU offers several classes online and on TV through the on-campus cable network. Students can even study from all parts of the world through NAU Distance Learning. Ha! And they said going to class was important!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 223 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 258 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 61% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 16% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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