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5 College Senior

Computers: It's easy enough to find free printing, I don't even bring my laptop on campus, I can always find a computer to work on and my back has thanked me.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: not many computers to use THE WIFI IS HORRIBLE

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3 College Junior

Computers: Sometimes it is hard to find a computer. But I have my own, so I don't really have any problems.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Being connected on campus is really easy and convenient, you rarely lose connection. Printing costs can really add up but most professors ask you to submit papers online, which lessens the burden. You have to pay for printing with flex, though, which is really annoying if you don't have enough cash on your card. The IT center is usually busy right before class but you don't have to wait too long for a computer, if you wait at all. IT support is really good. Some professors hate you using laptops in class, so just be wary. This usually happens in smaller classes. Laptops aren't essential for taking notes, but if your teacher uses lecture slides, etc. then it's much easier to follow on your own computer screen. You need your own comptuer to work on things on your own time, personally I can't imagine how you would get by without a personal computer but that's just generally.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I think the printing charge is toooo high.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 427th
    Fastest Internet
  • 582nd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 744th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 866th
    Best Wireless Availability

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Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
History and International Relations
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The general consensus is if you don't have a computer on campus, you'll be at a disadvantage. Most have a PC in their room, and while you can get by without one, it's generally a better idea to bring one along for your own use. You can use the public computers in the labs, but you run the risk of losing things if you save documents in the public drives and not being able to get a computer if it happens to be busy, especially toward the end of semesters. It's a matter of convenience, for some necessity, to have a personal computer. UR is not equipped to handle a large amount of students with constant needs for machines, and most would rather bring their own system than rely on public lab ones. If you have a personal computer, you can enjoy the super-fast Ethernet at your leisure, as well.

Having your own computer is the best move to make at UR. You can have it in your room, save things you need, and not have to worry about its availability. Professors will also put things online or e-mail students about assignments and any additional info you need to know, so if you can't get to a computer when you need to, it could present a large problem. Whether you should have a desktop or a laptop is up to the individual, but if needed, UR is equipped with wireless technology to have Ethernet on a laptop.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Gilbert Hall, Hoeing Hall, Susan B. Anthony, Fraternity Quad, Academic buildings, Douglass and Wilson Commons
24-Hour Labs?
ITS Center
Charged to Print?
20 cents per sheet, charged to students' URos Account.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
The Hive, UR's Students' Association Web site, has been ranked number one in the country for student government Web sites, according to Student Leader magazine.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 51 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.
  • 60% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 32% 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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