Champaign, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are average. I use my own personal laptop all the time. The network is reliable as I connect remotely almost every night.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There aren't many computers available at all times.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: They are available but used on occasion.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most the homework is online so it would helpful to have a laptop but you don't necessarily need it because the school have lots of computer labs that not many people uses because people already have laptops.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The labs are pretty good, printing can get kind of expensive, and the wireless internet isn't the greatest and can sometimes randomly disconnect when you're in the middle of something.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 43rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 80th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 314th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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Virtually all students at U of I own a computer, and many tote their laptops to classes, coffee shops, and libraries. While it may not be necessary to own a computer—there is no shortage of public computers on campus—students without computers will likely spend a lot of time commuting to and from labs, and will find themselves part of a small minority. The question is really whether or not to bring a printer: paying five to ten cents a page adds up when the bulk of your course readings are online, and it may be a worthwhile measure to avoid having to run to a lab to print out a paper at the last minute.

A good thing about going to a state school is the funding, especially when this funding leads to great computer labs. The residence hall labs may be a bit loud, but they are all adequately equipped; each one generally has a minimum of 20 computers, all with Internet access and a wide range of software. Although labs do get busy, it is rare for there to be no computers available. Several main buildings have computer labs, so wherever you are on campus, you will not be far from a computer and printer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
All residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
5 cents per page in most labs for black and white, 10 cents per page for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Design Premium CS4, Adobe Master Collection CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 (for Windows), Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, Microsoft Office 2008 (for Mac), Microsoft Vista Business Upgrade, Microsoft Vista Ultimate Upgrade
Did You Know?
The residence halls have an online link that allows you to check what computers are open and what labs are full. Unfortunately, to check the link, you need a computer.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 180 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 215 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 75% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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