Syracuse, NY
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4 College Freshman

Computers: I love the technology at this school. There are computer clusters everywhere and students have so much access to all of it. There are labs that are open 24/7 for computer use. Students can walk almost anywhere on-campus and have wireless internet. Even guests can use the wireless internet at Syracuse! It's wonderful. It's one of the best things about this school to me.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers in the school work really well.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer clusters all over campus, but a majority of students bring their laptops to class to take notes, so I would say it's important to have your own. Printing is accessible in the computer clusters and libraries. The internet speed is usually awesome but every once in a while you get a slow connection. Almost all the computer labs are PC based but a majority of students have MacBooks.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: some are slow and most are PCs

5 College Sophomore

Computers: You will find a computer in almost every building. Also you get wifi as long as your on any Syracuse campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 317th
    Fastest Internet
  • 586th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 973rd
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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Most people stress bringing a personal computer, but that is not to say that Syracuse doesn't offer an abundance of resources to its students. With many 24-hour workstations spread around campus, a communal computer is always available for student use. There are really only two reasons you absolutely need your own computer: leisure activities (surfing the Internet, downloading mp3s, talking on Instant Messenger, and playing computer games) or to do your work without trudging through feet of snow. Like most campuses, students basically live on Instant Messenger, and unlike most campuses, it snows a lot.

One reason students have developed a love affair with using Instant Messenger services, as well as wasting all their computer's memory on downloaded music is the incredible Ethernet service that SU provides. It is fast, reliable, and convenient. Be careful, though-if it should malfunction, it could take days to get ResNet to fix it. As for whether you should bring a laptop or a PC, the best choice is a laptop. Having the option of bringing in a project to class on PowerPoint or bringing your work to the library or a lounge on campus is invaluable.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Brockway, Graham, Kimmel, Lawrinson, and Link
Charged to Print?
Students are allotted $20 each year for printing services in the ITS public computer labs. Single-sided pages are 4 centse and double-sided pages are 2 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture, McNeel's Rhinoceros 4.0, Microsoft Office
Did You Know?
Information Technology Service consultants are available in the Life Science Building Atrium every night until midnight to help with any computer problems students may have.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 137 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 156 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 78% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 18% 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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