Computers

Location
Richardson, TX
Undergrads
9,136
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Computers: I always find myself having trouble connecting to their Wi-Fi. I borrowed a laptop from the library and it was always disconnecting from the internet.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at my school is good. Sometimes it could be slow but it still works good when going on. There's alot of computer labs to print, wireless access and use your laptop

3 College Freshman

Computers: I mostly use my own laptop. I find it very useful to bring your own computer to classes in order to take notes quickly and efficiently.

1 College Freshman

Computers: For a techie school, you'd think the internet speed would at least be decent, but it shuts down at really inconvenient times and it's not exactly the fastest thing out there.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: This university is very technologically oriented. When plugged into the internet it can be very fast, I think it has only been down once. The campus wifi is strong and fast. There are plants of computer labs on campus and access to the programs needed for class is very good. Printing is very cheap and easy to do. I don't have a printer, but I can say having a laptop is nice, many teachers let you have one in class for note taking. Also it's nice to have to get out of your room and be able to work on around campus during the day.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 200th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 346th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 525th
    Fastest Internet
  • 668th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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Computer labs are like public transportation: No matter how good they are, they can never be the best choice. UTD computer labs are many and spacious, their machines performing adequately for academic purposes, yet flaws still exist that hinder their utility among students. For one, none of the labs are 24-hour, which directly conflicts with college students’ fondness for late exam-cramming and paper-writing. The machines are not built for entertainment, either, making them unattractive in the eyes of gamers, art designers, and high-definition movie addicts. Amusingly, students come crawling back just before midterms and finals, making the normally half-empty labs seem too small. Most of the time, students opt for a personal computer just so they can stay in control of their work progress.

Technical support people are friendly and helpful. They work diligently to keep the network safe, but every now and then, a phishing email will still find its way through the filters. System maintenance and recovery can be a real nuisance at times, especially if you are unprepared for it. Hardware maintenance and fixes cost at least $80 per appointment, so caution is advised.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Wireless Internet access is freely available in all campus buildings, except for the residential apartments (not including the residence halls).
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
The prices are 6 cents per sheet for black and white, 25 cents per side for color. Allocation for free printing varies per departmental policy.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The UTD Tech Store has given students discounts on Dell and HP customized laptop purchases, up to 30 percent! However, because these deals can still be beaten quite easily by other retailers, students generally buy hardware items from the store out of security and convenience concerns.
On the other hand, the University does a good job bargaining for low software prices. For example, an operating system upgrade to Windows 7 only costs students $34.
Did You Know?
Of all places, the library usually provides the most unstable wireless signals, which frustratingly logs off users every once in a while. Its speed somewhat compensates for this flaw, usually staying at 3 or 4 MB/s and sometimes bordering 9 or 10 MB/s.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 86 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • 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 108 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 52% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 31% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 18% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.

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