Computers

Location
Newark, DE
Undergrads
15,558
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers with up to date software and top of the line models but only in a certain area of the campus and the wireless network at our school can be poor at times.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I have never had a problem with wifi, and there are a few places you can go to print things if needed, but the printer I like to use has been broken for a couple weeks, so I found it convenient that a few people on my floor brought printers.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: We have a bunch of computer labs, most people bring their laptops so I've never really seen a lab full or not been able to find a computer. Some classes require you to use specific software that the average person may not have so you would have to go to the labs if you don't want to pay for it,but they're very available. Printing is good, you get 5 dollars of printing every semester and its like 5 cents a page so it's not bad at all. There are printers all over campus too so it's rarely an issue. Our wifi is iffy. It doesn't work on the shuttle buses even though they lie and brag about that all the time on tours. Some buildings have awful wifi but generally speaking it's pretty good. I rely on it all the time and it has rarely let me down.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Having a computer as a student here is very crucial. Whether it be taking it to class to take more efficient notes, or using it to type reports, it is very much an essential. In terms of having your own, I would recommend it because you cannot always rely on finding an available computer at the library. The various studying locations around campus do not supply computers for students use, just tables and couches for students to use their own devices. The amount of study spaces and lounges are sufficient, but the school does lack in the number of labs and free computer access they can give to students. If you do not have a printer of your own, you can print on campus at the library and the student centers, and the price is not too bad, just a few cents. Plus, you are loaded with a credit of $5.00 on your student ID to use for printing on campus. The entire campus is wireless including the dorms, classrooms, student centers and Main Street locations. The speed is reliable, and I can even find a wireless connection in the undermost basements that I have I lab in. I can always rely on being able to access the internet.

3 College Freshman

Computers: They do not supply you with a computer, and the wireless tends to disconnect randomly on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 184th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 189th
    Fastest Internet
  • 209th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 654th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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Computer labs are abundant all over campus, and many buildings have Ethernet connections for those students who are so attached to their computers that they must have them every moment of the day. This is not as ridiculous as it seems. Most students have their own computers and wisely plug into the high-quality network to check email, class assignments, and of course, check Facebook.

Owning your own computer is highly advisable, even though there are so many computer labs. Labs tend to be crowded at peak times, which can often add even more stress than the assignment itself inspires. Many students find computer labs to be most helpful for saving money on printing or for using specialized software necessary for a class that would be too expensive to buy. Quite recently, many professors have been using online programs such as WebCT to communicate with students, so you must have access to a computer to complete the assignments for the class. Another downfall of the computer labs is that there aren't any open 24 hours a day. This is bad news for those who work best right before a deadline and tend to pull all-nighters. Overall, the computer labs are accessible, and you can generally find an open computer, even if you have to try more than one lab.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in academic buildings, the Morris Library, student centers, dining halls, residence hall common areas, the Green, and the Mentors' Circle
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are given 100 free prints on their ID cards. After that, pages are 5 cents for one-sided printing and 4 cents for double-sided.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University works in conjunction with Apple, Dell, Gateway, Microsoft, and Sony for discounted software for students. Visit www.it.udel.edu and www.journeyed.com/bookstore to see the most recent offerings available.
Did You Know?
  • The classrooms on campus allow every student to connect to the Internet right from their seat.
  • You have access to computers in certain labs until 2 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 138 responses

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  • 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 164 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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