Austin, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
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3 College Freshman

Computers: Sometimes the internet is down.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are readily available and the printing in certain locations is very affordable. Some dorms, like Kinsolving, even have their own computer labs within the building and lower cost printing. The only problem is the lab is restricted to residents. The network is usually reliable except in the occasional spot on campus that tends to have low wireless access. I typically prefer to have my own personal mobile device or laptop with me on campus.

College Freshman

Computers: I haven't used a computer in school, nor printed in school. I have my own laptop and printer at home.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I mostly use my own stuff but the internet is quick and rarely has any issues at all.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I do not know where the labs are located


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 6th
    Fastest Internet
  • 7th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 91st
    Best Computer Availability

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Tony Griffin
Houston, TX
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Though the University of Texas is well equipped with lots of computer labs and many computers (both PCs and Macs), the number of students far outnumbers the number of computers. It really is best to bring your own computer if you are able to do so. But if you are not, there is usually a computer available in one of the many labs on campus. Some of the largest labs are  in FAC 212 with 173 computers, the CBA with 245, and the PCL with 71 computers. The overall student consensus is that bringing your own computer is a great idea, and it is even better if you can bring a laptop. However, one thing you have to think about is that one of the great things about dorms is the networks and the availability of tons of music to download (not that I would ever “steal” or condone “stealing music”). If you have a laptop, you only have so much storage space, and this is where a desktop comes in handy. However, with CD burners, tons of storage space is really unnecessary.

There is a wireless network available in most buildings on campus, so if you have a laptop you can be connected to the Internet even while you are in class. If you are in the business school, they will allow you to check out laptops and other equipment such as projectors, using your student ID. The Campus Computer Store, located in the FAC building next to the main tower, will allow students to purchase many types of software at very discounted prices, and this is very well worth checking out.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most campus buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Area 101 (Monday–Thursday only)
Charged to Print?
11 cents/page for black and white; 80 cents/page for color. Prints can be charged on your Bevo Bucks card.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Design Premium CS4, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Works, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Flash, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Vista, Quicken, Windows XP
Did You Know?
UT's Web site has been known to receive more than 680,000 hits per day.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 245 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 282 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 78% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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