Computers

Location
San Marcos, TX
Undergrads
24,223
Tuition (in-state)
$16,858 ($7,732)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Computers: Computer lab are always busy.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are really convenient. I go to the math lab in Derrick Hall and there's tutors there to help you if you need it. Printing is basically free. The wifi and network connection is good except in the dorms, in which you'll need to buy an ethernet cable to get your laptop to connect. Your phone will run slow in the dorms if you connect to this wifi. I would say that most people should have a laptop so that they don't have to use the library or computer labs all the time but I suppose you could go without one.

5 College Freshman

Computers: They're abundant and extremely fast. They're also fairly new computers.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most computer labs are equipped with newer computers and technology, but not all.

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4 College Junior

Computers: DON'T BUY A PERSONAL PRINTER! The amount of free printing a student is given is more than enough to last through a college career! There are computer labs in many buildings, though the ones in the library are more commonly used. The network reliability/speed is okay. A pain to access the internet though, especially on the visitor option. If you are working on something important, DO NOT USE THE VISITOR ACCESS! You don't really need a personal computer here as long as you set aside time to use the ones on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 48th
    Fastest Internet
  • 56th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 512nd
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Hometown
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major
Anthropology
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There are computer labs in most every building on the Texas State campus. In addition, you can connect to the wireless Internet anywhere on campus, which means you can be online while you wait for class to start, sit outside during some downtime, in your dorm room, or even while eating in any of the dining halls. The Alkek Library also has laptops you can check out that are equipped with wireless access and word processing programs. There are certain computers with special software, like the Adobe packages (InDesign, Illustrator, etc.), map making hardware like ArcMap, and accounting programs. Every computer lab is different, but all connect to the Internet and are set up with the latest versions of Microsoft Office. Many of the labs now even have Apple desktop computers, and man, are they spiffy! In terms of printing out documents, fees are only included within certain departments. But you don't pay every time you print; the fee is included in your lab fee.

Every computer lab has lab assistants whose jobs are to assist you with any computer problem you may have, whether it's a printing issue, using the pre-installed software you may have to use for a class, or connection troubles. No problem is too great. Texas State also has an excellent IT service. These guys will follow up right away with any issue you have. You can e-mail them with your issue or give them a call (calling works best, though).

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Virtually the entire main campus, both indoors and outdoors
24-Hour Labs?
No
Not generally, but the Alkek Library has extended hours during midterms and finals.
Charged to Print?
No
While there is no charge for printing, it is metered. Students are allotted 25 pages per print job, with a max of 2,500 pages per semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University Bookstore sells Adobe and Microsoft Works software at a slight discount for students and teachers-though, it is still rather expensive. The Microsoft Works discounts are much better than the Adobe discounts. There is software for both Mac and PC machines.
Did You Know?
The buses that run from San Antonio to Texas State and from Austin to Texas State have wireless routers on them. You can connect to the Internet while on your way to school!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 217 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 237 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 55% 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.
  • 22% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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