Computers

Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Computers: Bronco wifi is fairly terrible when it comes to speed and consistency, but it gets the basic job done. Pretty much everyone here has a Mac though, so the school offers both macs and window in the labs. Also, you get printing points that should last all year, so a printer isn't necessary.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Techonology is one of their assets. University is beyond the 21st century; many donors from Silicon Valley.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are only a few labs that are open to all students, the rest you must be enrolled in a class to use I believe. Unless you ask specifically for a class or other purpose, students do not get software downloaded for free to their personal computers. The network is alright, has issues and isn't that fast but it works. Undergrad students get $40 per year for printing. IT is very helpful whenever I have had questions.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are available in the library. Printing is accessible in dorms and the libraries. The internet can be slow because people are always using the internet. It is better to have a laptop because work can be done in any building on campus. Also if you live on campus you might want to work in your dorm room or use it in classes as well.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer but it's old and unrealiable. It's been very easy to find a computer on campus to use for assignments.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 61st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 588th
    Fastest Internet
  • 800th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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Though Santa Clara has plenty of computers available for student use, they're a hot commodity during midterms and finals week, so students often find it handy to have their own laptop. On the other hand, many students find it unnecessary to own a printer, as it's just as easy to use the printers in the library or dorms. Students are automatically granted $50 in printing money each year, but that money goes fast, and many students have to add money to their account after winter quarter. While campus printers are a great resource, they can be problematic during high-volume times, when they start to jam up or run out of ink right before classes start.

The campus network is fairly reliable, but tends to go down at the most inconvenient time (like during midterms or finals week.) Luckily, it's often fixed pretty quickly. It helps to have an ethernet cable for when the wireless goes out, as there are plenty of ethernet jacks in both the dorms and library.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students get a $16 quarterly stipend for printing. It is 8 cents for black and white and 15 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students are eligible for pretty nice discounts (up to 80 percent) on hardware and software purchased through the bookstore. PCs and Macs are both available for purchase, and eligible software programs include Microsoft Office (for both Macs and PCs,) Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Creative Suite.
Did You Know?
The Sobrato Technology Center (just a fancy name for the library's computer resources) has close to 200 state-of-the-art Mac and PC desktop computers for student use. Students also have access to two video editing suites and a video conference room, which comes in handy for class projects.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 69 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 92 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 67% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 28% 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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