Computers

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
4,364
Tuition
$34,800
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are generally functional and there are quite a few of them.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Lots of computer are available on campus. I have my own laptop so I don't use them quite as much, but very good for printing.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The amount of computers on campus lends itself to easy accessibility. At times it is difficult to find a computer in the Library, but there are also labs in the Bannon and Pigott buildings. While having a Laptop is not a requirement, it will make you life 1000x easier, it is worth the investment!

4 College Junior

Computers: When I first came to SU, the tech was average. Now it's GREAT! The school just spend a nice chunk of change redoing and expanding our wi-fi on campus. The internet is available everywhere on campus. It is consistent and reliable. Its speed is also pretty good. And it will be getting better in the future as they haven't even finished the renovations.

THERE ARE COMPUTERS EVERYWHERE. I cannot express how available computers are on this campus. I have broken my computer twice and was completely fine, because there are computers available in pretty much every building.

Printers are the only thing holding the university back. The printers are plentiful, but they break down frequently. From my understanding and sitting in at a tech meeting this problem will soon be a thing of the past, as they will be updating the system within the next year.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are always available in the computer labs, and if not you can check out MacBooks from the library. Printing on campus is tough sometimes, especially if you have to print a lot of things. They give you a balance at the beginning of the quarter and every page printed in $0.5, it is fairly easy to use all of the quota. Internet is available throughout campus and is very reliable, and usually very quick. You can survive without a computer, but I would suggest one, for convenience.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 517th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1104th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1253rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1297th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Journalism
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Perhaps the biggest disappointment for students regarding technology on campus is the lack of wireless in the dorm rooms (though it does work in the lobbies). This is largely due to the construction of the buildings, but that makes it no less frustrating for students. Of course, free Ethernet access is provided, and almost every student brings his own computer, whether a desktop (somewhat rare) or a laptop (far more common,) so it is not that big of an issue. Bringing a computer is a big plus in comparison to relying on the computer labs or the library computers, which can easily fill up for most of the middle of the day. This can be a real problem for students who live off campus or just don’t own a printer, though each lab does have at least a few dedicated printing stations set up; whether they are enough or not is a different question.

Teaching labs are locked up and require you to know the pass code to get in, so unless you’re in a class and the professor was kind enough to share it or you are able to slip in for a few minutes, they aren’t really an option. The lack of a 24-hour lab can make this even more frustrating, and many students are still bothered by the recent removal of free printing, though Seattle U is one of the only schools in the area to offer a set number of free pages at the start of each quarter. This does not mean Seattle University is in the technological Stone Age, though, as class registration is performed online and almost every form and rulebook can be downloaded with the click of a mouse. If you do bring a computer to school, a laptop would be your best bet, but be certain your professor is OK with you using one in class; most are, but some are rather set against the idea.
 

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
6 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
These companies offer discounts to Seattle students and employees: Apple Computers, CDWG, CompUSA, Computers & Applications (C&A), Dell Computers, Nextel Communications, PC Club, PC Mall, Software House International (SHI), Softchoice, and Sprint PCS.
Did You Know?
  • The computer labs are open extra late during finals week-usually until 3 a.m.
  • Despite a recent introduction of a five-cent fee for printing at various university computer stations, Seattle University is still one of the only university's in the area to offer students a baseline of free pages (125 per quarter). www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/printshare/

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 41 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 46 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 52% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 43% 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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