Computers

Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone gets their own computer and everything is well.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The laptops they allow freshman and sophomores are perfect for the first two years. Then if you keep it in nice shape they upgrade you to a newer model for your junior and senior year.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Every student is loaned a laptop by the school so you are never without one. Nothing flashy or high tech, but reliable enough and preprogrammed with useful programs for school. They also provide all students with simple printers that the students may keep for themselves even after they graduate. Finally, the entire campus has wifi, but it can be slow from time to time.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at Ursinus are excellent. Tech support quickly handles any problems that we might have, whether it is a virus or a key popped off. We are also given printers, which I don't use because you have to buy paper and toner. I print to main buildings, even when it does cost at the end of the year. At least, it is color. Ursinus Wifi works inside buildings, when you step out, you need to find a hot spot.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are great and I rarely have a problem with them. The only thing I don't like is the fact that we have to pay for copies; but, then again, we each have our own printer, so that's usually not a problem for us. It was extremely helpful, having our own laptops and printers, since my old printer wasn't that good and I didn't have a printer.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 347th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 367th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 471st
    Fastest Internet
  • 792nd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The Ursinus laptop initiative is the driving force behind computing on campus. Since its introduction in 2000, it's been a powerful addition to the College. What's more is that at the end of sophomore year, each student trades in his or her laptop for a brand-new one. There is also a buyback option if students don't want to part with their beloved computer. If anything goes wrong with your laptop while you're here, the computer service center on the third floor of Myrin Library can help you out. Although having good computer labs on campus would be nice, it is irrelevant because every student has a laptop. And since the campus is becoming increasingly wireless, it makes Internet access all that much easier.

However, those who try to use certain file-sharing websites will be disappointed, since there are firewalls in place that restrict the speed of downloading. But students are savvy enough to find downloading programs that aren't affected, so it's usually not a problem. There is also the "S" drive, in which students can share anything they want with the whole campus, but it is closely monitored, so you will be let down if you attempt to find cheat sheets or pornography on there. On the whole, students are very reliant on the laptops they receive and use them for school work as well as recreational stuff.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
No
None, but it's a non-issue since each student is issued a laptop by the College.
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents per page from any public printer
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
A variety of discounted software is available to students through the Dell.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 16 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 16 responses

  • 94% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 6% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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