Computers

Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: I really didn't use the computer labs. I went to the library for printing which was cheap and easily accessible. Wireless access and network speed was excellent. The need for a laptop is essential just because it provides easy access to your email and my cu info account and, especially during finals when the library is crowded, it allows you to get work done.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are always multiple locations on campus to use a computer.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The school has many computer labs open to every student although they do get crowded during finals. The printing on campus is not free so it is best to buy your own printer. Although we have computer labs, it is best to buy and bring your own computer.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The access to technology on campus is average.

4 College Senior

Computers: For my major printing is pretty mandatory so we are well supplied. How other major fare is beyond me.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 75th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 376th
    Fastest Internet
  • 502nd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 543rd
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
International Affairs
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During the first few weeks of freshman year, unsettled students discover that in times of incurable nostalgia, CU’s Ethernet connection is their friend. Thus, downloading music becomes a hobby, Web diction becomes standard, and the once computer inept develop into the next generation of the computer savvy. Meanwhile, writing assignments tend to accumulate; therefore, having to write more than one paper at a time is not unusual. For these reasons, it is best to come to school prepared, and that means with your own computer. Yet, if such an investment is simply not possible, CU offers about 75 computer labs scattered throughout almost every building on campus, plus several free-standing computer kiosks. Problems seem to only arise during midterms and finals week, when procrastinators printing last-minute papers fill the labs.

Activating your personal accounts is the necessary first step to tap into CU’s computing resources. For access, you need an IdentiKey and a Web account. These accounts are created for incoming students, but can also be activated through the Personal Look-Up Services (PLUS) Web site. To do so, you will need your ID number and PIN. This IdentiKey is, in all essence, the key to computing at CU, since it is what allows you to log into the facilities within the ITS computer labs.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Engineering Center
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents for the first side of a black and white page and 9 cents for the second side of that page; 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software and hardware is available through Information Technology Services at www.colorado.edu/its/hardwaresoftware.
Did You Know?
Though the University strongly advises students to bring a computer with them to campus, financial aid is available to purchase a computer. Once students are deemed eligible, they can also apply to the campus computer-lending program offered through the University. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (303) 492-5091.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 128 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 147 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% 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.
  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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