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3 College Freshman

Technology: Sometimes you cannot connect to wifi outside, but when you are in buildings, it becomes strong.

4 College Junior

Technology: They're good, they're not super slow. Unless you're using one of the computers in building 98, those take forever to turn on and log in.

3 College Senior

Technology: I can always find a computer in the buildings I frequent even if I have to check a few rooms within the building to do so. I just won't print anything at school if it costs money ther and I can do it at home for free. The network is just terrible. I've actually had to leave some buildings for any kind of data connection at all.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Some classrooms have really nice and new computers, but the majority of them are just average. The most annoying thing about our school is that there is not wifi in all of the classrooms. I think that internet access is a learning essential these days and the school should provide us with a wifi connection. Printing is a hassle, you should be able to pay in an easier way (honestly, I'm not even sure how to print things at the library).

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty computer labs accessible to students, however, the network reliability is a work in progress, I believe.


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The computer situation has definitely improved at Cal Poly since the installation of the 24-hour lab, attached to the back of the University Library. This lab always has at least two technicians on hand to help, and there are several printers to keep things running smoothly.

If the 24-hour lab is full, students can simply head to the second floor of the library, where there are even more computers to use. Students can even check out a laptop at the circulation desk if they would rather work in one of the quieter sections of the library. Remember, though, the rented laptops are only for use in the library. The other popular lab to use is called “The Cave” and is located under the Marketplace, next to the Career Center. This lab used to get insanely busy, especially around midterms and finals, but seems to have mellowed out with the help of the 24-hour lab.

Practically every building on campus has their own computer lab, which helps if you need to print a paper and it’s five minutes before class starts. Professors can book the labs, though, so make sure you don’t barge in on a class while it’s in session! Most students simply bring their own laptops to school for use in class.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
CPP has a private network. All a student has to do is set-up a password to use it. There is a GUEST wireless network also.
24-Hour Labs?
There is a fantastic 24-hour lab attached to the back of the University Library.
Charged to Print?
A print card is $1 for 20 black and white pages and $1 per color page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
You can get just about any type of software you need from the computer department in the Bronco Bookstore. If they don't have it there, they can special order it for you, and they can usually beat the average retail price.
Did You Know?
  • I&IT (the Division of Instructional and Information Technology) provides each student with their own personal space for file sharing on their server. You may access the University Library's catalog and numerous databases and electronic journals the library subscribes to from your computer at home.
  • Cal Poly Pomona has their own private wireless network. After signing up for a password with the I&IT, you can use your laptop almost anywhere on campus.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 251 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 173 responses

  • 17% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 62% 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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