Lexington, KY
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$19,864 ($9,676)
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet is a bit spotty and can be pretty slow and crash every now and then. The computers are pretty accessible but are old. The printing cost is fairly reasonable. A personal computer isn't really necessary but very nice to have.

3 College Student

Computers: Don't really use the computers at the library. Internet is slow

3 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is expensive, and the speed of the internet across campus is absolutely terrible.

1 College Freshman

Computers: Internet in the dorms is soooo slow

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers in the library work well and never have any real issues. The ones in some of the classrooms are faulty.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 331st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 645th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 885th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 924th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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It would be almost impossible to get through four years at UK, or any other college for that matter, without your own personal computer. With wireless services, it’s easy to take your laptop anywhere you want or need. But if that isn’t an option for you, don’t panic. It just means you’ll have to walk to the William T. Young Library to use one of its many computers. Luckily, after a school forum on the subject, the library is now open 24 hours during week days and during the days on the weekend. You wouldn’t think anyone would be there at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday, but you’d be surprised.

Students living in on-campus dorms are notorious for spending hours at a time chatting online with friends. Be prepared to message your next door neighbor in the dorms instead of just walking two feet down the hall. You’ll be able to find plenty of places on campus to use whatever sort of computer you prefer—both Mac and Windows compatible. You can even check your e-mail over some coffee at one of the campus Starbucks. Perhaps the greatest computer feature Kentucky offers is the wireless Internet. How lovely to do research on the Internet while sitting on some Kentucky bluegrass underneath a sprawling tree!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Young Library
Charged to Print?
Typically 12 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discount pricing is offered on selected Microsoft products
Did You Know?
  • Information Technology will make appointments 24-hours in advance to meet and consult with students on computer problems, as well as helping to fix them.
  • You will need a password to use many of the computer labs. The accounts take about an hour to become activated and will work during your entire tenure at UK. They will give you access to various programs and applications (so you can pull Photoshop pranks on your roommate).
  • UK is a member of Internet2 - a consortium being led by 207 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership among academia, industry, and government that fostered today's Internet in its infancy.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 119 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 127 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% 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.
  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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