Computers

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The Mac computers aren't friendly for engineering majors.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I am lucky enough to have wifi in my dorm, but most people still have to use ethernet cables.

4 College Junior

Computers: I can always find a computer when I need one. The math emporium off campus always has available computers which is open 24 hrs. The library and torgerson bridge on campus also have available computers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The math empo is an awesome place to study or do work on a huge-screen computer!

3 College Junior

Computers: Can only speak for my college (CNRE) and the Math Empo but it is not uncommon for servers to crash during semester exams when there is a large class. Also, our department computers (Geography) are on the slow side. At least the hours for the computer labs are good-you can work late at night if needed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Fastest Internet
  • 43rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 230th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 447th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Students are required to bring a computer with them to Virginia Tech, so every student has one. For those times when you need to get out of your dorm room to study, your computer crashes, or you need to do group work, there are many computer labs available around campus. The main computer lab used by Tech students is the Math Emporium, located off campus at the end of a strip mall. It has around 500 computers, provides computer and math tutors during the day, and is open 24 hours every day. For more sophisticated programs, however, students must go to other labs around campus. The Emporium never fills up, but it can get crowded and a little noisy during exam weeks. Labs on campus tend to be small (about 20 available computers) and fill up quickly. Most labs only offer Macs, but a few labs have PCs. No matter where you go, though, expect to pay to print. Virginia Tech doesn’t have Internet firewalls that block file-sharing, but the University does urge students to be aware of copyright laws when using programs like KaZaA, Morpheus, and eMule.

Virginia Tech’s coolest feature is the availability of wireless Internet on 90 percent of its campus. Currently wireless and Ethernet are both free to students and easy to access from almost anywhere on campus, from the study lounges to the classrooms, from the student centers to the gyms. Coffee shops downtown and around Blacksburg are following the wireless trend and provide free wireless Internet to their customers. Whether it’s taking notes in class or surfing the Web between classes, many students choose to keep their computer close by their side wherever they go.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available on about 90 percent of campus
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
The Math Emporium
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through the Software Distribution Office at www2.ita.vt.edu/software/student.
Did You Know?
  • Wireless Internet is available on 85 90 percent of the campus. You can even use it in all of the gyms.
  • In November 2003, Virginia Tech built the world's third-fastest super-computer using 1,100 G5 PowerMacs. The computer has been dismantled and will be upgraded with 1,100 G5 Xserves.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 143 responses

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  • 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 170 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 89% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 9% 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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