Bowling Green, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Junior

Computers: Technology at WKU is great, there are many labs on campus which allows you 24 hour access to computers. It is possible to make it without a laptop on campus, but it can be very difficult. Labs are open 24 hours a day but during big test weeks, etc.. it is many times difficult to find a computer. For the most part printing is easy as well, just swipe your student ID and you balance is shown before and after printing. Each student gets $75.00 to print, which is more than enough for most students. As for wifi on campus, you must download Cisco and sometimes that can be a huge pain, but once you get it downloaded/updated wireless works great for the most part. Occasionally there will be problems signing in, etc... but technology isnt perfect and there will always be a flaw. When you have computer problems WKU has a great IT department to help you. All you have to do is drop off your computer, tell them the problem, and then they get it back to you ASAP. They are great about keeping you updated on their progress or any issues they come across, and they always call and ask permission to download new programs or reset your computer. The IT department makes life so much easier.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Glasgow campus needs updated computers

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I have my own laptop, so I don't deal with the computer labs much. But, the labs are great and the workers are very helpful.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are good, but the labs have a tendency to get full at times. Printing is top-notch. Wireless access is great.

4 College Senior

Computers: Not bad at all mass media is great.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 71st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 76th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 121st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 171st
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Getting a laptop before going to college is becoming a rite of passage for students, and it is no different at WKU. Many students choose to bring their recently purchased laptops with them to college. While it is not completely necessary, it is definitely recommended. Clearly, it is much easier to be able to do work on your own computer rather than being constrained to a computer lab all of the time (not to mention the extra Facebook time you get if you have your own computer). Owning a computer guarantees that students will have access to what they need at all times without worrying about the slight chance that no computers will be available.

However, it is still very possible to come to campus without a computer. There are computer labs in nearly every academic building on campus, available for writing papers, doing research, checking e-mail, or just surfing the Web. Some are open only during "regular business hours," one is open until midnight, and another is available 24 hours a day. Some labs have printing services available, and each student gets a printing allowance, so it is very possible to save money by not buying a printer or ink cartridges!  

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Anywhere on campus
24-Hour Labs?
Mass Media and Technology Hall
Charged to Print?
Students are given a printing allowance of $75 for the whole year at 5 cents a page. If students go over that amount (which would be pretty hard), they have to pay.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
A student discount is available on Microsoft products.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 94 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 102 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 47% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 19% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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