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4 College Junior

Technology: There is usually a computer available for you to use, but you have to know where to find them. Most people only know the labs in the library but there are so many more on campus in other buildings.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: It's the best! enuf said

3 College Senior

Technology: The labs are always available but the WiFi is sometimes lacking or spotty.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own personal computer, but the campus offers plenty of computers that the students can use for free.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: They are available when you need them.

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While BYU has 12 open computer labs and over 500 computers, it often seems as if all 30,000 students want to use them at the same time. In order to avoid the crowds and to facilitate late-night paper-writing, many BYU students bring their own computers. The vast majority of BYU-approved housing has high-speed Internet connections that are usually included in the cost of rent. The dorms are all hooked up to BYU's Ethernet system. Desktops must be high-speed Internet compatible, and laptops require an Ethernet card, which can be purchased in the computer section of the Bookstore. All incoming students are given an e-mail account, and many teachers will use the electronic blackboard for class announcements and homework assignments.

BYU's network and servers are exceptionally fast and, if you can avoid the firewall, a very good tool when doing research. Students may complain about the firewall, but it rarely causes problems. When it does, however, it is usually more amusing than annoying. All of the labs are updated every three years to ensure that the computers are up-to-date. All computers are all equipped with floppy, CD, and zip drives. In addition to the open computer labs around campus, many of the departments have smaller labs for the students within the majors.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in many locations and most buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
7 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Creative Suite 2.0 Media Mac, Microsoft Office 2003 Standard, Microsoft Office Mac 2004 Professional, Microsoft Office Mac 2004 Standard, Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft OneNote 2003 Win, Microsoft Project Pro 2003 AE Win, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade
Did You Know?
The computers in the campus labs are updated every three years, ensuring the newest and best technology

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 426 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 372 responses

  • 12% 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.
  • 60% 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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