Computers

Location
Orono, ME
Undergrads
7,549
Tuition (in-state)
$26,308 ($10,588)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers on campus are alright, but it is VERY IMPORTANT to have your own laptop.

3 College Student

Computers: The wifi networks are quite slow and disconnect without warning, but it's better than nothing.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are nice, but I definitely recommend having a laptop because around finals week it's hard to find an open computer. On top of that, it's often the case that I don't feel like walking across campus to get to one of the computer labs so being able to get on my laptop in my room instead is very nice. The internet is usually reliable, but sometimes it takes a few tries of connecting to get it to work. But, there is more than one open network for students and I can always get on at least one of them.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Things are always improving - having a lap top is very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I have my own laptop but for those who dont, the library has many different areas with public computers and any time that Ive been in there I have always noticed an available computer. Printing is extremely easy to do through the library computers as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 472nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 691st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 807th
    Fastest Internet
  • 808th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Wozniski
Hometown
Lancaster County, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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There are a limited number of open computer clusters in comparison to the number of computer labs available within classroom buildings. Many of the classroom building computer labs are locked, and if not, they have limited access by password and can only be used by students enrolled in majors within that college or department. The number of computers available for use in the open computer labs is adequate, although it gets congested during the late-morning hours through the middle of the afternoon.

Another concern about using the public computer clusters is logging off each time you leave the computer. By doing so, you can protect yourself from someone who may use the computer to look up inappropriate content, send inappropriate messages, or spread virus-infected items under your account. The network on campus is reliable and safe. The maintenance done on the computer network rarely makes it inaccessible for extended periods of time. The wireless network on campus is very accommodating and provides almost entirely uninterrupted service to users even when it is managing heavy computer traffic. Bringing a laptop to campus is highly recommended because it provides excellent versatility, and wireless Internet can be accessed in almost all classrooms.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in most public places, excluding some dorm rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are given $16 on their MaineCard, and additional funds may be added to a student's campus funds for printing in computer clusters. Classroom labs are free to print in.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software can be purchased through the Computer Connection store in Memorial Union.
Did You Know?
  • If a student has selected a teacher certification, or is seeking a field in the College of Education and Human Development, they must have a laptop, preferably an Apple MacBook. If students purchase their MacBook through the University, a three-year Apple Care Plan is included on the system.
  • The Memorial Union basement computer cluster provides students with both PC and Mac options to work on.
  • Audio-Visual Services in Shibles Hall provides notebook computers and other equipment for free on a short-term basis for classes, projects, and research purposes.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 66 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • 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 74 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 74% 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.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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