South Bend, IN
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Internet access anywhere on campus, and good tech support.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computers and assistance are what you'd expect for an expensive private school.

4 College Freshman

Computers: very helpful when my computer broke

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless is usually pretty good. It can be slow at prime times when most people are using the internet, but overall it is pretty fast. There are numerous computers labs, but have your own computer just to be safe.

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5 College Student

Computers: Great availability, access to printers/scanners too


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 59th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 78th
    Fastest Internet
  • 315th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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A few words of wisdom to all you procrastinators: if you have a project due during finals week that requires completion in a computer cluster, make sure you have a gallon of coffee in hand, because you'll need it just to stay awake while you stand in line. Although Notre Dame provides nine computer clusters, four of which are open 24 hours a day, students agree that trying to gain access to a computer during midterms and finals week is a very difficult task. During the rest of the school year, however, most of the students say the network is fantastic. Probably the favorite aspect of the network is the speedy Internet service in both clusters and dorm rooms. While everyone says that it's not impossible to survive without your own computer, having your own is highly recommended. After all, it's so much more fun to Instant Message friends from the comfort of your dorm room than a computer lab.

Although there is no way to argue against the freedom, convenience, and comfort of privacy that comes with having your own computer, the number of computer clusters, the existence of clusters in dorms, and the availability of Internet access in dorm rooms makes Notre Dame's computer network highly efficient. Just remember that it will be hard breezing in and out of computer labs during mid-terms or finals.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available campuswide
24-Hour Labs?
Labs in Fitzpatrick Hall, LaFortune Student Center, and Nieuwland Science Hall
Charged to Print?
10 cents per page. However, the University allots every student $100 each semester in print quota.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Software Suites, Microsoft Office Software

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 45 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 62 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 63% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 29% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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