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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Basically everybody has a laptop on campus. Buy a mac even though it is a PC friendly campus

3 College Junior

Computers: The network is extremely slow and unreliable. We have plenty of computers in the library but the printing cost is outrageous.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: Pioneer net has problems, but works most of the time.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone is required to have their own laptop however there are always plenty of available computers in the library.

(both macs and pcs). The only problem is the wireless network kicks students off multiple times a day which is a hassle because work can be lost and you have to reinstall the program all the time.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless network is prone to a lot of problems.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 348th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 513rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 1006th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1353rd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Winnetka, IL
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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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 Chances are, if you're using an outdated machine, you'll become increasingly frustrated due to the fast pace of changing technology.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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in certain locations.
24-Hour Labs?
There are three 24-hour labs.
Charged to Print?
Each quarter, students get $20 on their Pioneer ID that can be used at any of the printers on campus. There is also a Copy Center in Penrose Library that charges for use of the copy and fax machines.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
DU requires all incoming freshmen to purchase laptops. University Technology Services (UTS) offers free computer program training sessions on a quarterly basis. Both part- and full-time students (with a DU ID number) may attend the classes, which cover a variety of topics including Web development, Microsoft Office, and webCentral (DU's primary e-mail server). Some of the classes also are offered online.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 103 responses

Very weak
  • 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 123 responses

  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 89% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 7% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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