Computers

Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: While I was at UVA, the school removed many of the computers and computer labs, but it was usually easy to find a computer in the largest computer labs. The network was fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless connection is available all around campus and the printing isn't too expensive.

4 College Junior

Computers: Good on-campus wireless network, although it can get slow in dorms sometimes.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a variety of macs and pcs.

4 College Junior

Computers: None of my classes require computer labs but I have taught in these places and they are indeed very good. The computers function well and the network is reliable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 73rd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 425th
    Fastest Internet
  • 639th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1397th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Generally, students find that the UVA computer system and labs are well-equipped and really quite efficient. However, most agree that, despite the excellent computer facilities and their convenience, it is much easier to have your own computer. Many students find that the labs get too crowded both between classes and during midterms and finals. Additionally, the school’s extensive wireless network makes having your own laptop a huge advantage. You can access the Internet from nearly anywhere on campus once you have your account set up.

The biggest complaint these days seems to be the nagging pay-for-print policy that the administration was forced to implement following state budget cuts. Students were upset by the new situation, especially those with classes that rely almost entirely on Internet readings or presentations that need to be printed out. If you’re doing a lot of word processing or printing, it may be more cost-effective to bring your own computer and printer. For those students that prefer to get the work done at the library, a fantastic computer network exists for that. UVA has also gone above and beyond to provide IT support for students and regularly holds lab hours in the libraries to help students fix any computer problems that they might have. Overall, technology at UVA more than meets the needs of the student body, and you’ll be able to survive if you can’t bring your own computer. To get the best experience at the University, however, consider both a laptop (with wireless access) and your own printer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Clemons Library (Sunday through Friday, or every day during exams)
Charged to Print?
Yes
8 cents for black and white, 60 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
UVA is one of the few schools with almost 100 percent wireless coverage. Despite UVA's top-notch computer facilities, more than 85 percent of students bring their own computers to school.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 99 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 129 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 88% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 10% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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