Computers

Location
Riverside, CA
Undergrads
18,054
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Computers: Wi-fi can be spotty and printing lines can be huge. Laptop rentals can suck from what I hear...

Generally, I don't hear the best things about campus computers.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Decent computers in general, but library and computer lab computers are often filled. Internet is not the most reliable due to random disconnections in campus housing networks.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers in all the labs are not consistent, some are faster than others.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers that one can use in the libraries. The wifi is pretty good.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own laptop

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 90th
    Fastest Internet
  • 101st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 459th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1099th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Hometown
Riverside
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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For sheer convenience, a personal computer is highly recommended. For those who aren't so fortunate, the libraries and dorm facilities offer plenty of computers, along with other useful equipment. During peak hours, waiting for an open spot can be as long as 15 minutes, but it's usually much shorter. The network system itself is pretty reliable and accessible almost anywhere on campus.

The computer labs are staffed with Resnet Computing Services student workers, and they are usually very helpful, knowledgeable, and able to rectify common problems, like paper jams and frozen computer screens. Unfortunately, students who encounter problems in the residence hall labs tend to have a difficult time acquiring timely help, especially after hours. The Resnet staff has many people to serve and is largely overworked. The simplest way to reduce school-related stress, especially for classes that require online use, is to have a personal computer and printer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
Yes
It's free up to 400 pages; after that, it's 10 cents for black and white and 75 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
Students, faculty, and staff from other UC campuses are generally NOT permitted to use the computer labs. However, for access to the Internet and email, they may use the computers in the libraries.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 136 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 160 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 59% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 12% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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