The laptop requirement at DU can seem like just another expense dumped on an already tight student budget. However superfluous it may seem initially, having your own laptop is an advantage. On a cold, snowy Colorado night, cozying up in your room in your pajamas while typing a paper is much more inviting than braving the biting air at midnight to hike to a computer lab. Also, many professors regularly update their students regarding class material via e-mail, so you might miss something important should you not have easy access to a computer. Many computer manufacturers offer students pretty good deals, and with a little research, you should be able to find a laptop that is relatively cheap. Buying a new laptop is preferable over scrounging around to find a used one. Chances are, if you're using an outdated machine, you'll become increasingly frustrated due to the fast pace of changing technology.
DU prides itself on being tech-savvy. The campus is slowly becoming wired throughout, and the computer labs, which usually aren't too crowded, feature modern technology. Many of the computers in the labs are installed with specialized software that you may need for a certain class. Some students opt not to bring their own printers to school, which makes the labs handy when it comes time to print.