Computers

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Troy, NY
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$44,475
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Every student is required to have a laptop. Most buy one through the school's discount program. Wifi access across campus is great.

5 College Freshman

Computers: It's a tech school. It's kind of what we do. So the networks and computers you can buy here are only the best. And the computer help is amazing. The computer science majors here will fix all your problems at the help desk. However every one here has a computer so there are no labs.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Since we are provided a laptop, as a mandatory thing out of our own pocket, we have to make use of it. The warranty on them makes them seem like a great deal, assuming you can be clumsy and would expect to somehow harm your laptop unintentionally.

5 College Freshman

Computers: As a real technical school, tech support is phenomenal

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Purchased laptop from school, no need to use computer lab. Printers in every dorm, nowhere near printing limit past semester. Wireless goes down sometimes, but ethernet hookup in every room.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 162nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 211st
    Fastest Internet
  • 458th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 740th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Hometown
Holmes, NY
Major
Chemical Engineering
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The network is fast, and there are plenty of places to plug your laptop in-including a wireless network in some buildings on campus. Rensselaer has a reputation of being one of the most "wired" campuses in the country, and it is a reputation well earned. The high-speed network provides instant access to the Web and also to the RPI server, both of which are invaluable tools for students.

Some classes will require a lot of online coursework, while in others, you won't touch your computer at all. One thing to remember is to check your e-mail regularly, though. The majority of outside communication between students, professors, and TAs occurs through e-mail, and if you miss an important one, you could miss a deadline or schedule change. It's a lot easier than going to a professor's office, though, so take advantage. The laptop requirement-though it can be cumbersome, awkward, and expensive at first-is really a great tool for students. Using computers to your advantage becomes second nature before Thanksgiving break of your freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in most locations on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
VCC
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students receive $12.50 toward black and white printing each semester. Charge per page varies by type of printer (anywhere from 8 cents for one-sided black and white to $1 for a transparancy).
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe and Microsoft products
Did You Know?
With more than 9,000 Ethernet ports on campus, the ports outnumber the students, so no one will ever have a problem hooking up their laptop.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 40 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 44 responses

  • 45% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 52% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 2% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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