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4 College Student

Computers: Not a big techie, but accessible when needed.

4 College Junior

Computers: Whether I'm in my dorm room; sitting in the quad, or at the Pit, connection and realiability of the network is great!

3 College Freshman

Computers: Printers and tech support in the dorm, school offers computer packages for purchase with Lenovo laptops or macs. Wireless and Ethernet connections in dorm rooms

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless access is a pain in certain buildings and drops out of nowhere.

Accessibility to computers and printing is pretty good.

If you buy a computer from UNC, the printing program is already installed - or you can have tech help you figure it out on your own computer - so that's nice.

Overall, biggest complaint is that the wifi can suck.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most students receive a CCI grant, in which UNC distributes particular computers to students in need with special warranties. Printing on campus is easy, and usually $40 is posted onto your account for the semester. It's $0.10 a page in black and white, $0.50 for color. UNC has it's own wifi network 'UNC-Secure', it's reliable at times, but we otherwise call it 'UNC-unSecure' because connections fail a lot.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 206th
    Fastest Internet
  • 461st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 644th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 738th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Carolina introduced a new initiative in 2001 called Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI). As per this computing initiative, students are required to bring a laptop set up as required by CCI or buy a laptop from the school. Students are all shown how to configure their laptops and make onyens (a glorified username that serves all of the school's servers) for future use. For students having issues with their computing devices, ITS (Information Technology Services) is available free of charge. If a student is having technical issues, all he needs to do is send an email to ITS, and a response will be sent within the hour. If a student's laptop is a CCI laptop, a loaner will be provided while repairs are made. Otherwise, students can make use of the abundant computer labs while their laptops are being serviced. 

Students are able to work in dorms, libraries, classrooms, and around campus through free wireless Internet. Furthermore, UNC has alotted $40 of each student's tuition as printing money. This allows a semester's worth of printing without the inconvenience of owning a printer. Additional money for printing can also be added on a student's access card if necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Campus-wide, including residence halls, classrooms, the student union, cafeterias, quads, and even athletic facilities.
24-Hour Labs?
Undergraduate Library, Student Activities and Services Building, Student Union, Hinton James Residence Hall
Charged to Print?
$40 free per semester, then 10 cents per page.
Did You Know?
  • IBM is the official computer of UNC. Students receive international service from IBM when they're studying abroad.
  • When you purchase an IBM computer through the University, you receive a full four-year warranty, a four-year comprehensive insurance policy, a comprehensive software package, including Microsoft Office, a special lock to keep your computer secure, pre-tested and approved compatibility with the Carolina campus network, built-in wireless connectivity, CD burner and DVD player, service at an on-campus repair center with loaner laptops, and computer support any time of the day and any day of the week.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 131 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 143 responses

  • 14% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 9% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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