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3 College Junior

Technology: i didn't even know we had computer labs on campus until this year when i befriended a comp sci student. printing on campus is ok, everyone gets 100 sheets in their print quota per semester

3 College Freshman

Technology: The computers on campus function perfectly but are pretty old. The wifi is also quite spotty. One of the not so great aspects of BU

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Technology at Boston University is very up to date. There are many computer labs to choose from around campus, allowing you to work at different locations and at your convenience. The printing quota is not the best but at least you can get some benefit out of it. I have not had any problems with the computer facilities on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: I don't think I've ever seen a computer lab... which doesn't mean there aren't any

2 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi will suddenly die on you even if you're just in your dorm. SUCKY!

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If you have the means to do so, bringing your own computer will save you a lot of hassle. The University provides Ethernet in all the dorms, and it is pretty cheap to set up high-speed Internet even off campus. Almost all of the facilities on campus are equipped with Internet connections, so a laptop is probably your best bet. If you do need to use campus computers, there are always people to help out, and printing is free at most locations. Unfortunately, the only major 24-hour computer lab tends to get really crowded, and if you’re in a hurry, it can be frustrating—so leave yourself plenty of time.

It is hard to imagine surviving school without a laptop. If you do bring your own computer, it will quickly become your most important asset. Not only is it a good tool for your academics, but it also allows you to stay in constant contact with friends from home and at school. You can talk to your mom, chat with your friend down the hall, plan your trip to Vegas for spring break, play Tetris, download iTunes music, write your thesis, check the weather, find a good show to check out on the weekend, and watch YouTube videos—all at the same time, which can't be beat. Word of advice: Back up everything. Computers get stolen, lost, broken, and worn down, so be prepared. If it is still under warranty, however, University Computers on campus will help with repairs free of charge.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
There are a vast variety of areas throughout campus to get wireless access. The downside, however, is that many dorms, including apartment-style, still do not have wireless access. Visit for a complete listing.
24-Hour Labs?
ACS (UNIX cluster and central e-mail server) Help Desk, Campus Network, and Information Technology Computer Lab (all at 111 Cummington St.)
Charged to Print?
Each student receives up to 500 free pages per semester at the main computer lab on Cummington St. and most others on campus. At some of the smaller labs (CAS), the fee is 10 cents a page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Groove, Microsoft Office 2008, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio
Did You Know?
  • If you don't log out after a session on any of the campus computers, you are at risk. Your personal user name and password are necessary to gain access to your records. If you do not sign out of your session, it is possible for another individual to acquire this personal information about your academic status. Some students are definitely guilty of printing long term papers on another careless student's open account. The moral of the story? Don't forget to log out.
  • BU is a member of Internet2 (NoX)-a national organization which operates a high-performance communications exchange. This allows the University to be connected to the Internet2 network, thereby providing us with very high-speed access to hundreds of other institutions connected to similarly advanced networks around the world.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 230 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 167 responses

  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 12% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 87% 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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