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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Campus is small, and the computer lab is accessible from anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I guess there are computer labs?

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers are available on campus but I enjoy having my own.

5 College Freshman

Technology: I have a cheaper laptop I bring occasionally to class or to type hw, but I also go to the library to utilize computers there. Each student gets a printing quota of $100.00 worth of prints. I only used $10 the first semester. It is 10 cents a paper.

5 College Freshman

Technology: I took a Multimedia class, that was taught in a MAC lab. Each student got to use one of those big screen MAC computers during class, and we even had personal access to the lab outside of class. Aside from the labs themselves, all over campus, you can find MAC's and PC's available for free use: in the library, in the halls of department buildings, even in the lobby of the sports center.


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Finding an open computer at CLU is all about luck and being at the right time and right place. Swenson, SBET (Spies-Bornemann Center for Education & Technology), Soiland Humanities Center, the SUB (Student Union Building), and Pearson Library have Macs and PCs that are available for student use. The SUB and Pearson Library are often packed with students rushing to print out a paper or study guide, so it gets difficult to find a free computer. Though there are time limits on how long a student can use a computer, you’ll probably have to wait in line to use one. It’s much easier to print from the academic buildings, like Swenson, since they're less crowded and not as rushed. Internet connection can get a bit slow at times, so it’s best to bring your own wireless Internet cable to hook up into your dorm room (if you bring your own computer) instead of logging on to CLU’s network. On that note, almost all students have their own laptops, and most prefer to work off of their own computer instead of using the ones in the computer labs, SUB, and library. Again, even though most students are using their own computer, the locations listed above are popular spots for a quick print or daily email check, and catching a free computer is a rare gem.

For these reasons, many students have their own printers in their dorms. This helps to avoid the lines and rush of students eager to check their email. Another note on checking email: It is highly recommended that you set up your CLU email to also be forwarded to your personal email, like Gmail or Yahoo. If your personal email server has an application that you can download on your phone, be sure to download that app, and use your phone to check your personal and CLU email that gets forwarded. This saves time when checking your CLU email, and best of all, you escape the hustle and bustle of CLU’s computer locations.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available anywhere throughout campus. You'll receive a better connection at the SUB, Swenson, Humanities, and Pearson Library.
24-Hour Labs?
None; however, Swenson, Humanities, and SBET computer labs stay open late, and the Pearson Library is open until 12 a.m.
Charged to Print?
Students have $100 worth of printing money on their student accounts. Each page costs 10 cents to print.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 88 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 51 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 39% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 55% 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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