Columbus, OH
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Sometimes wireless internet is hard to obtain on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer science computing labs get overcrowded, otherwise computers in libraries are fairly accessible. Printing costs can add up and printing takes time out of your day because you have to go to a library. Buy your own printer.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Architecture school is very good with providing computers, not sure about other programs

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Depending on the day and time it can be hard to find a free computer at some of the labs/libraries. There is wireless all over campus though so if you have a smart phone you're good. Campus tech support always answered questions quickly and effectively.

College Sophomore

Computers: I have never used campus computers, only my own laptop. The wireless connection is typically good.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 164th
    Fastest Internet
  • 177th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1050th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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At OSU, the computer has become extremely important as a tool for everyday use by the professors and the University itself. Information such as assignments, reminders, and class updates need to be accessed through the University's network, and teachers are increasingly relying on the Internet as a teaching tool. This makes easy access to a computer vital. The majority of students agree that getting your own computer is preferred; if that isn't possible, however, there are numerous labs around campus. Only one of these is open 24 hours, though, so access is somewhat limited.

Ideally, you should bring your own computer (and don't forget to buy an Ethernet cord!). There is nothing better than having the security of being able to work on papers or do online research in your own room. Not only that, but AOL Instant Messenger has a solid grip on social life at OSU, so be prepared to constantly update your profile and find new ways to say how much you hate homework! You'll want to check your e-mail often, too: OSU e-mails both grades and bills. While the computer labs are more than adequate to meet student needs (with only a few crowding problems, during the busiest times), having your own personal system is clearly the way to go.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Baker Systems in the engineering building
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
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  • Each student is issued an OSU e-mail address that is used throughout their college career. Upon graduation, students have the option of continuing to use the account.
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Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 203 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 232 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 77% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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