Computers

Location
West Lafayette, IN
Undergrads
29,360
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Have my own laptop dont need to use campus ones

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I don't have much experience

2 College Junior

Computers: For a school that prides itself on its Stem majors, resources for teachers are woefully lacking.

5 College Junior

Computers: the computer labs are great however sometimes you can not find a computer to use since so many people in, network is ok and wireless access is so popular

5 College Junior

Computers: All the computer in the labs are very up to date. The wifi network is faster than I can find anywhere else.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Fastest Internet
  • 113rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 566th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 568th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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Computer labs can be found everywhere at Purdue, peeking around corners and hidden in basements, like eggs on Easter morning. Although the most obvious labs are usually crowded, a diligent student with an eye on the iTap website will be able to find many labs hidden away that will be mostly, if not completely, empty at any time of the day. Mac labs tend to be less crowded than PC labs, but either type can be found quite easily on the iTap website. The computers are updated every two to three years, keeping Purdue on the cutting edge of technology.

It’s possible for a student to spend an entire college career without a computer of his or her own, but with the convenience of high-speed Internet in the residence halls, most students at Purdue recommend bringing your own computer. Leave your printer at home, though, because students are given a printing account by the University. If you’re an engineering student, you will find yourself working on University computers most of the time, thus printing not being a big issue.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Air Link is available in certain buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Only during Dead Week- the week before finals week.
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
One of the best-kept secrets on campus is the $5 software that is available for purchase at the Boiler Copy Center in PMU. An agreement with Microsoft allows Purdue to sell software such as Microsoft XP, Office XP Professional, Windows XP Pro, and Front Page, to name a few. By presenting a valid student ID, a student is eligible to receive one copy of each program.
Did You Know?
  • Be careful what you download on the University bandwidth-a few years ago, several students were served with court papers for illegally downloading copyrighted materials onto their hard drives. You can't claim the Fair Use Doctrine for this situation, folks, but you can certainly become a martyr for the rebellion-stop the RIAA!
  • Through a recent agreement with Dell, Purdue students (and recent alumni) can purchase excellent computer systems for discounted prices.
  • Engineers, check out the elite Engineering Computer Network (ECN) labs. These require an ECN log-on, available through the engineering schools, and gives you access to additional software geared towards the different engineering curriculums. The School of Technology also has its own computer system and additional software.
  • The ECN labs in the Material Science Engineering Library allow you free printing. No money is deducted from your printing balance, and you can print as much as you want.
  • The University Bookstore features very affordable software. There's no need to blow bucks at any other place. The Bookstore can offer the same at around 20% of the original price.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 206 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 226 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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