Computers

Location
Missoula, MT
Undergrads
9,941
Tuition (in-state)
$20,896 ($6,071)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wi-fi is very unstable, and often labs are full

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4 College Student

Computers: There are always plenty of computers available to use that are up to date on the most recent software updates. There is also access to charging stations for several devices which is very useful

4 College Senior

Computers: Pretty good at offering a variety

3 College Senior

Computers: There are nice computer labs and nice computers but they could have more labs.

3 College Freshman

Computers: They have computers for you to use but most have their own computers/laptops.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 352nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 541st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1338th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1379th
    Best Wireless Availability

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Samantha Steven
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If students want to bring a computer, they are advised to choose Mac over PC. Not because of any company loyalty, but for logistical reasons. There are only two Mac labs (only open to journalism and media arts majors) and five Mac computers available to students, and those white pearls among the hundreds of black PCs are never available and always coveted. The Mansfield Library (where the Macs are) and the University Center have the best and most well-known computer labs. Many students still use these labs, even if they've brought a computer because their separation anxiety won't allow them to go an entire school day without checking their e-mail. There are several labs in specific department buildings, but oftentimes classes are held there or those labs are reserved by students in a specific discipline.

In terms of printing, it costs $0.10 per page in all vicinities, so while the computers are readily available, it's less costly and more convenient for students to bring their own computers. Wi-Fi Internet is prevalent, included in the business building, journalism building, and coffee shops. The dorms do not have Wi-Fi access, and require students to pay $80 a semester for Internet in the dorms. Students living both on campus and even in off-campus University housing can contact a student technician for computer problems. IT offices exist on the first floor of the Social Sciences Building and Elrod Hall. For students in Lewis and Clark Villages, the technicians are a phone call away and will come directly to a caller's apartment to evaluate the reported computer problem.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
University Center, Law School, Gallagher Business Building, Todd Building, Mansfield Library, Davidson Honors College, Fine Arts Building, Don Anderson Hall
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The UM Bookstore on campus offers special student discounts on Dell and Mac computers, as well as Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office programs.
Did You Know?
  • There is no wireless service in the dorms. Most students bring their own computers because of lack of space in computer labs. More and more professors are requiring Internet access for class materials.
  • The Source in the University Center will rent laptops. The rental is free and available to students only. Rental time is two hours, and the student must remain in the University Center while using the laptop.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 84 responses

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  • 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 82 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 57% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 15% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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