Chicago, IL
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: it needs more computer labs and more printing service and more money for the prinitng options.

2 College Freshman

Computers: There aren't enough computers. They're usually filled when you need them. The Wi-Fi is very slow and it kicks me out frequently.

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3 College Junior

Computers: There are multiple computer labs, but the printing is expensive. I don't think students should have only $15 credit provided to them for printing. The wireless stops working pretty often which can be annoying. But there are many computers around campus so finding one usually is not a problem.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Definitely bring your own computer if you can afford it, you'll be thankful during exam time. Printing is okay, you have to pay by the page. Never experienced any network crashes.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi tends to go out a lot but the speed is pretty good despite having lots of people on it


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 115th
    Fastest Internet
  • 164th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 595th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1166th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tejumade Durowade
Chicago, IL
Electrical Engineering
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UIC’s Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) monitors network operations on all computers across the campus. It manages more than 30 public computer labs, some of which have 24-hour access (provided one has access to the building). The labs feature many of today’s state-of-the-art computers, with the latest in academic and professional software. However, most students bring their own computers so they can get their work done anywhere they please. Still, labs usually don’t start filling up until the middle of the semester, which is when freaking-out season officially begins. Another gripe students have to deal with is an instructor reserving a lab. While some instructors will let students stay even if they’re not enrolled in the course, others usually make it clear that those students have to leave.

Technical support at UIC is quite abundant. Anyone experiencing problems with their personal or ACCC computers can call or visit any ACCC station to receive help. However, one of the most important functions of the center is providing University network identification (netids). These are required to access ACCC computers, wireless and e-mail networks, and online sections of courses. They are unique to each individual and are usually an alphanumeric combination of one’s first and last names and a number associated with the occurrence of one’s last name at the University. With a netid, one is able to access all network resources on campus, such as wireless Internet, personal accounts, and printing.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available everywhere on campus
24-Hour Labs?
James Stukel Towers, Marie Robinson Hall, Science and Engineering Laboratories East, Student Residence Hall, Thomas Beckham Hall, and so on.
Charged to Print?
Everyone has a free printing quota of $15 per semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The ACCC offers free or discounted software to students, faculty, and staff. Some available software includes McAfee Antivirus, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Maple, Lotus Notes, Icarus, Mathematica, Mathcad 15, and so on. The University bookstores also offer great deals on hardware and computers.
Did You Know?
Netids and other accounts can be suspended by the ACCC in the event of the owner violating any ACCC policies on such things as exceeding daily allotted bandwidth or misusing ACCC facilities. Accounts can be suspended for any amount of time, depending on the severity of the offense.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 130 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 152 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 64% 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.
  • 17% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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