Buffalo, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: the computers at the university at buffalo are relatively average. once a while they catch a virus and slow down entirely but usually they are good.

College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer, haven't used the labs and don't intend to. I need to access internet a LOT and work in my dorm room.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: I'm very glad I brought my own computer because it's much more convenient. Also, the Wi-Fi is pretty awful. UB "Secure" Wi-Fi

4 College Junior

Computers: The use of a personal computer isn't deemed required by the college because of the numerous labs but I always bring one just in case. I would rather have one and reduce the fear of not getting a lab computer because it does get busy during midterms and finals.

Computer assistance needs to advance. Sometimes it seems like they are guessing when providing assistance; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

College Freshman

Computers: I don't use their computers , I use my own .


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 238th
    Fastest Internet
  • 349th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 371st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 918th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Everybody is impressed with UB’s powerful computer network, from researchers mapping the human genome to dorm residents downloading TV shows and music.
There are nearly 2,000 public site computers on campus in dozens of labs. A growing wireless network covers most of the campus. Almost every classroom has a fancy teaching station with a computer and projector. The fourth fastest academic supercomputer in the world sits behind thick glass windows and a fingerprint-identification lock on the first floor of Norton Hall.

Students are generally pleased with UB’s computer labs, called “cybraries.” Many students, particularly international students, don’t bring their own computers and use the cybraries full time. Still, many students who have their own computers use the cybraries because printing is free. As a result, the most popular cybraries are crowded during peak hours (wait times can reach 15–20 minutes). In the beginning of the semester when students print their lecture notes, print queues can be as long as five to 10 hours, though waits go down to 15 minutes to an hour by the middle of the semester. Computers are also slowly entering UB’s academic culture, as well. Some professors post course notes and information on a site called “UB Learns,” and each year, more and more professors use listservs for class discussion, sometimes offering extra credit for students who post.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Capen first floor Cybrary, Bell Hall 101
Charged to Print?
Students are allocated 650 single-sided pages each semester. Each page costs 5 cents to print
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
UB Micro, the non-profit on-campus computer store, sells software at market price.
Did You Know?
  • The Dell Cluster at the Center for Computational Research in Norton Hall is one of the world's 10 largest supercomputers, and the fourth fastest academic supercomputer in the world.
  • About 75 million sheets of paper are printed annually in the campus libraries, where printing is free.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 111 responses

Very weak
  • 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 124 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 67% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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