Computers

Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: WI-fi is easily accessible anywhere on campus, except it occasionally goes out due to the heavy usage. However, it gets fixed quickly. There are computer labs almost everywhere, so they are available, but it is extremely difficult to access them during finals.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wide variety of computers (Mac/PC)

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computer labs are found everywhere on campus and they're always reliable to use. Sometimes computers run out during semester crunch time so be sure to bring your own computer with you and you will easily find a studying spot nearby. The wireless network is easy to access and from my experience, it has always been fast and reliable.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: I love the high amount of computers the school provides. Everything is great, except the wireless access may be a bit difficult for some laptops to deal with. The students would only have to bring it in to a campus tech support, and they would fix the problem for you. There is wireless printing with your own laptops, in which I LOVE because you can print from home and grab the printed document on the way to class in that building. Every student gets a large printing quota limit, especially the engineering students. Speed of network is pretty fast.

4 College Freshman

Computers: tons of computers to use, if you know where to go. The biggest problem I see is when MWireless goes out, which is somewhat common.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 28th
    Fastest Internet
  • 51st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 91st
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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Most students purchase their own laptops—in fact, it is common to see laptops used in place of notebooks in many lectures. If you don't have a laptop, however, Michigan has you covered. The University has computing sites in nearly every building on campus, as well as locations established for the sole purpose of computing and printing. While some sites are more popular than others and therefore more crowded at times, students agree that there are usually plenty of computers to go around. And these aren't just any computers. The University is stocked with an array of Macs and PCs, all equipped with most of the software required to complete any coursework. If you come across a site without an open computer, you can access Michigan's wireless network from most places on campus using the ID-authenticated interface. This WiFi is accessible from any University-owned building, including residence halls. Students recommend purchasing your own laptop, even if you can rely on University-provided computers for most of your technological needs. Students find that personal printers are unnecessary, as the MPrint system allows you to send your work to any printer on campus, and the page limit (400 pages a semester) is reasonable. Regardless of what computer you use, you will spend a lot of time writing essays and completing other coursework in front of one during your undergraduate enrollment.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in most campus buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Angell Hall is open 24 hours Monday through Thursday.
Charged to Print?
Yes
400 pages free per semester, then 6 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software for both Macs and PCs is available through the University's Computer Showcase: showcase.itcs.umich.edu.
Did You Know?
  • Faculty and students with physical, visual, or learning impairments can use the James Edward Knox Center Adaptive Technology Computing Site (ATCS) in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
  • Students can wirelessly print from laptops to any University network printer via mprint.umich.edu.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 175 responses

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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 210 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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