Computers

Location
Greensboro, NC
Undergrads
12,910
Tuition (in-state)
$19,934 ($6,136)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Computers: Fast network, can never run out of computers.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I have never had any trouble finding a place to set up my laptop to do work, especially in the library. Wireless is readily available in every building on campus. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

2 College Senior

Computers: Wifi is atrocious. Don't buy a lenovo.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computers and computer labs on campus. In the mornings they run kind of slow, but after a person or two has been on it, it will run fine!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Library and computer labs are full of computers to use.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 78th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 119th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 122nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 858th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brook Taylor
Major
English
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Since most residential students bring their own computers to campus and all incoming freshmen are required to have their own laptops, the labs are largely used by commuter students or those killing time in between classes. They tend to fill up pretty fast, which can make it extremely difficult to type up or print something for students in a hurry to get to class. Most of the computers in the labs are PCs, but there are a few MACs that no one ever seems to want to use. Tech support on campus is very strong, especially since the University created a laptop support center in room 354 of the McIver Building to cater to the new laptop requirement. They offer repairs and other services to those who purchased their computers through the University.

The wireless network is one of the best things about being on campus because it allows students freedom from crowded computer labs. It is great to be able to do research or keep yourself entertained on your laptop while eating lunch in the food court or waiting for your class to begin. Just try to keep in-class web surfing to a minimum, as most professors are privy to the fact that you're probably not just taking notes.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
In every campus building and in the lobbies of most dorms
24-Hour Labs?
No
The SuperLab occasionally has late hours, though.
Charged to Print?
No
All students are given an allocation of 75 pages per semester (150 pages per year), which shows as a $3 balance. If your allocation runs out, it's 4 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are student and faculty discounts through the bookstore. Microsoft provides "work at home" rights to certain faculty and staff members (defined as needing a computer to do their jobs), which makes Office and Windows available for $7 to $9.
Did You Know?
  • All incoming freshman students are required to own laptop computers. They are available for purchase through the University or you can use one you already own if it meets the standard requirements.
  • To gain access to the computer network on campus, you must pick out a password that is at least six digits long that contains both numbers and letters. However, if you have to use a MAC computer in any of the computer labs, your password must be exactly eight digits long. It's a smart idea to always make sure your password is this length, just in case all of the PCs in the lab are in use and you're stuck with a MAC—which is an all too frequent occurrence in the SuperLab.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 96 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 99 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 65% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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