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3 College Freshman

Computers: It sucks to print things, bringing your own printer is kind of a must.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I am a freshman and I have yet to encounter a computer lab on campus, but I have my own laptop that I bring to class everyday (when the teacher allows the use of technology). In terms of the network, "USC Wireless" is very reliable and quick, and easily accessible for USC students.

4 College Freshman

Computers: there are always resources avaiable

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plentiful computer labs available to students and work places. Many students end up causing problems by actually bringing laptops to the computer lab and sitting in front of the desktop however, which is incredibly frustrating. It is not incredibly important to have a laptop but makes your life much easier if you have one. If you choose not to buy a laptop however you will be reliant on the computer labs. Most of which are open all day and Leavey Library is open 24/7 which has an abundance of desktops.

College Sophomore

Computers: I use my iPad required by the DPT program.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 67th
    Fastest Internet
  • 88th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 95th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 583rd
    Best Computer Availability

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BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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Computer labs are very accessible and located all over campus. USC consistently gets the newest and fastest computers on the market, and each year, there is always something new to the computer scene. The labs at Leavey Library are always packed in the weeks leading up to midterms and finals, but the lab in King Hall is usually more accessible at peak times. The computer labs are good if you wish to print high-resolution or very large documents and want to save ink and money for your own printer.

However, computer labs come second when compared to your own laptop. It is strongly suggested you bring your own laptop because not only can you use it for taking notes, but you can stay connected through the USC Wireless Network, which is available everywhere on campus, albeit a bit slow in certain places. Each dorm room comes with an Ethernet jack, so you will never be without access to the Internet at any point on campus. Plus, bringing your own laptop will allow you to get just as much work done as if you were in a computer lab. Put simply, you will only benefit from bringing your own laptop to school with you.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Leavey Library, Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (Monday-Thursday)
Charged to Print?
12 cents for black and white, 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Design, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Master Collection, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Production Premium, Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Web Premium, Cosmos, EQS, FrameMaker, Gauss, IMSL, Intercooled Stata, Mac OS X Leopard, Make Finale, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Expression Web, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Onenote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Project Pro, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio, SAS, Scholar PAC for SunOS, Splus, SPSS, Stata, Windows Vista

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 154 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 178 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 78% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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