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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Ability to print assignments. I use my own computer.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computer labs in nearly every building and wifi on all campus premises. Printers always break from overuse, though.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: They take forever to log in.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Only two computer labs and total of about 20 computers. Printing is free for 1000 pages per semester which is convenient.

3 College Junior

Technology: Columbia labs can be frustratingly scarce but it isn't an issue if you bring your own laptop.


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There are several computer labs and terminals around campus, many of which are 24 hours. However, these labs can often get packed around midterm/finals season, so it's good to know about some of the less-popular locations in order to ensure you can snag a seat if need be. That being said, most students have their own computers so you're never battling the entire Columbia population for a computer.

Printers at Columbia are notoriously faulty, with some locations being broken down about 50 percent of the time. Therefore, a good tactic is to "print" to several locations to make sure that you will be able to actually print your assignments. Printing stations also fill up right before classes, so waiting to print your essay right before class may not be the best idea.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Most of campus has Wi-Fi, with the exceptions being some of the dorms and the depths of Butler stacks.
24-Hour Labs?
Broadway, Butler Library, Carman, East Campus, Furnald, Hartley, McBain, Schapiro, Wien
Charged to Print?
Undergraduates receive 100 free printed pages each week, so you're only charged after that.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
ArcView, Mathematica, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, and Windows XP are all available for purchase with student discounts.
Did You Know?
  • Sites such as allow you to print to any Columbia printer from any computer, meaning you can skip the hassle of setting up printers on your computer.
  • You can escape the print quota by pressing the Esc and Enter button simultaneously when authorizing your print job.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 103 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 79 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 76% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.


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