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4 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computers available on campus - whether in the library or computer labs in the residence halls. I've never really had a problem with the wifi speed or reliability.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The school gives you 500 pages to print for free, which is nice because I feel like there's no way someone can print that much

3 College Junior

Technology: It is fairly simple to access computers at the libraries and to get into the computer labs. Depending on the professor, technology may not be allowed inside of the classroom. Oftentimes, students use their laptops for note taking and depending on the major your in you might have to purchase a MAC. The only thing I don't like is our printer policy on campus. We are only guaranteed 500 pages a semester. If you go over an additional 5 cents per page is charged to your account.

5 College Junior

Technology: Ball State is really a heavily connected campus. I have only had minor problems with the wireless network being slow, and with a campus like Ball State, that's really saying something. The computers run the software that is most important to the students on campus, including Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc. There are also computer labs within each dorm so it's not even a requirement to go to the library just for a computer.

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5 College Junior

Technology: Tech has been very helpful.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in all major academic and administrative buildings, residence hall common areas, and all residence hall rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
Robert Bell 134 Main, as well as many of the residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver MX, FrontPage, MS Office Professional or Standard, Norton Antivirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Windows
Did You Know?
Ball State was named the "Most Unwired" campus in the country because of the scope of the University's wireless network.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 227 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 123 responses

  • 14% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 58% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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