The use of technology at Ball State really depends on the department. Students in the graphic design program use state-of-the-art computer software to design their projects, while students studying printing are stuck with technology circa 1970. In general, the technology is fairly advanced at BSU. The University recently set up a campus-wide system for wireless Internet, and many professors make use of the Blackboard Web site for announcements and homework assignments.
PC and Macintosh computers are available across campus with a concentration of Macs in the Art and Journalism Building. Repairs are usually made quickly, and the technical staff is knowledgeable. Crowding is generally not a problem at the labs, except during finals and at certain crunch times when whole classes will take them over. This is especially true of the Macintosh labs. For those students who choose to bring a laptop computer, the University has provided a wireless network that covers much of the campus. Another recent addition is the iLocker; this provides BSU students with two gigabytes worth of space on the University server.