Computers

Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Student

Computers: Technology at Rutgers is pretty awesome. Nothing to complain about.

3 College Junior

Computers: Wifi on campus goes down regularly, and many places on campus do not have wifi. Computer labs are full most times, and lines for printing are very long.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Rutgers is very technology sound.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Ru wireless is so slow!!! The computer labs are great though. Sometimes a little crowded but it's usually not an issue

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is at least one computer lab on each campus, and the libraries stay open pretty late. You don't need a personal printer because you get $30 each semester in your tuition charges for printing, and the printing is pretty cheap. The wi-fi is unpredictable sometimes, but it's usually decent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 79th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 123rd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 210th
    Fastest Internet
  • 439th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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When the server goes down, students walk aimlessly around the halls with a lost look on their faces, unable to communicate with the real world. Facebook status messages are a pivotal part of RU student life. With all of the different campuses at Rutgers, it is a way of keeping in touch with friends on different campuses. Facebook and consistent e-mail checking are definitely a big part of RU culture. The majority of Rutgers professors require students to use their Eden accounts to send in homework or online quizzes. Sakai is another program that students log into for course notes, teacher comments, and an online bulletin board. Also, Internet courses are offered that require students to post discussion materials, as well as papers. When the end of the semester rolls around, students have to schedule classes for the following semester online. At 10 p.m. on “add day,” students all around Rutgers run to their computers to try and log onto Webreg, the Registrar’s site, to add classes—a task that takes about an hour since everyone logs in at the same time.

No one at Rutgers should ever bring a printer because the labs print faster and are of better quality. I haven’t met a student that didn’t have their own computer, though. If you can’t bring a computer, labs are available to do work or to play games on. Many students talk on their cell phones in the labs, so if you need to work in a quiet environment, your best bet is to bring your own computer. Besides, at such a big university, it’ll become your surrogate best friend.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
No
No 24-hour computer labs exist on campus, but hours at the computer labs change during exam periods.
Charged to Print?
Yes
In the beginning of each semester, you are given $30 a semester to spend at the computer labs. Each page is 4 cents in black and white or 25 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Rutgers offers discounted prices on a large amount of software from big company names such as Adobe, Apple, BrightMail, ESRI, Filemaker, Hummingbird, Interarchy, Linux, Macromedia, Maple, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, SAS, SPSS, WinZip, and ZoneLabs.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 215 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 253 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 66% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 27% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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