Computers

Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Computers: Usually you can get a computer if it's not finals week. Printing pages given are usually sufficient, and, if your computer can connect, the network is pretty fast.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: Many computer labs on campus. The speed is decent and there is no maximum print limits

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Computers: The school is very up to date on technology, and makes it very easy and cost efficient for students to make use of it.

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5 College Junior

Computers: It is the first university I have attended, but UCLA is hard to top, so PSU comes in second.

3 College Junior

Computers: You'll have access to macs and pcs almost any lab on campus. Labs are conveniently located in each dorm area and in most class room buildings.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Fastest Internet
  • 17th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 29th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1105th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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The University’s ResCom staff is very helpful with all of your computer needs. They are very knowledgeable with viruses and cleaning your computer up if you run into problems. The Ethernet connection in the dorms is normally very fast and reliable. Penn State’s WebMail and Course Management System (ANGEL) are very easy to use and help keep you organized.

The computer labs are a decent alternative to having your own computer. Though they do get crowded, there is almost always a computer available or a very short wait to use one. There is a lab located in every dorm area. However, the convenience and privacy of having your own computer in your dorm room is undeniable. The ability to communicate with your friends, classmates, and professors at all hours without leaving your room is one that should seriously be considered by anyone thinking of leaving their PC or Mac at home.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All major buildings on campus are all equipped with wireless access.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Findlay Building (East Halls), Pattee Library, Pollock Building (Pollock Halls), Redifer Building (South Halls), Waring Building (West Halls)
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are allowed to print 110 pages each semester free of charge, then 7 cents per page after that.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
UNIX/Linux Software
Did You Know?
Penn State not only has computer technicians in their labs, but also in the commons of every dorm area to serve your personal computer, as well. ResCom (Residential Computing) will come to your dorm room and troubleshoot any problem you may be having with your hardware or software. For more info, visit: www.rescom.psu.edu.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 340 responses

Very weak
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 360 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 71% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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