Computers

Location
Tuscaloosa, AL
Undergrads
25,430
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Computers: The computer lab offers a great deal of resources for its students. The tech support is extremely polite and helpful.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers on campus are reliable. There are two types to choose from a Dell or Mac.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer availability at UA is great. You can go to one of the many libraries and find one with no trouble. Our wifi, however, is absolutely awful. It is slow and crashes all the time. There have been plenty of times where assignments have been pushed back or cancelled because of the wifi being down.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I have had no trouble with being able to work on computers provided by the University. I use the McLure Library mostly.

3 College Freshman

Computers: For a school that gets a lot of money poured into it because of the sports programs, they could put a little more into the technology in the classrooms and in the math lab.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 79th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 241st
    Fastest Internet
  • 590th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Hometown
Bath, Maine
Major
Public Relations
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With all the different computer labs on campus, UA students have access to tons of hardware and software that they may not have on their own computer. Each department has a computer lab and the software needed for those majors. It's said that the business and computer science departments have the best computers, but some of these labs are only offered to students in that particular school. Students can always use the computer labs in the libraries, and Gordon Palmer Hall is open 24 hours.

Almost all UA students agree that, while it's not necessary to bring your own computer, it is convenient. With the many computer labs offered on campus, most students feel they can find a lab somewhere with an open computer. Some students enjoy the social scene while in the labs, but if you need more privacy, owning a computer might be a better idea. Some of the labs on campus are said to be a real social gathering, while others are as quiet as the libraries. If you choose not to bring your own computer, don't depend on the labs during exam time. Watch out for Gordon Palmer. This 24-hour lab is usually crowded due to its extended lab hours. To guarantee a spot in a lab, try going in the morning or afternoon. The labs become more hectic at night.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
127 Gordon Palmer Hall
Charged to Print?
Yes
All computers that are connected to a printer charge $0.05 for a B&W sheet and $0.15 for a sheet in color. All printing systems must be paid by swiping your ACT Card and using Bama Cash.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University Supply Store has academic discount pricing on many software programs.
Did You Know?
  • Gorgas, Bruno, and Rodgers libraries not only allow students to check out books, it also lets them check out laptops.
  • If you have any computer problems or questions, contact the Help Desk in Gordon Palmer.
  • Need help planning your classes? Try UA's Tide Navigator, a Web-based registration system that is the first of its kind in the United States.
  • The Sandford Media Center, located 2nd floor of Gorgas Library, has the most up-to-date and advanced technology for recording your own music, video, and design materials. The student and faculty workers there are available to assist you in creating projects and sell materials you might need.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 168 responses

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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 195 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 79% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 14% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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