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3 College Junior

Technology: The network went through updates this past year so it and wireless were sketchy, sometimes it didn't even work. The number of labs are great I just wish they all were open a little longer. I sometimes had problems with availability of labs, but there are really only certain times of the day its full. Most, if not all, of the labs had free printing.

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3 College Senior

Technology: There are computer labs around campus and I use them often.

5 College Senior

Technology: It is important to have your own computer unless you want to be setting on campus at all times. You can print for free at a lot of places, even though the school doesn't tell you that, joyner is the only place that printing has a quota per student. The computer labs are nice and offer scanners, copiers and even macs and PCs.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Good internet service, wifi in most places and computer labs everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: I wish every dorm had wifi, a few in west end only have ethernet which is kind of inconvenient.

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ECU is a very wired campus. Students can do many things online right from their dorm rooms, such as check grades, drop or add classes, read the East Carolinian, search for student organizations, and participate in online discussion forums at Banner or at (managed off campus). Ideally, however, the extensive computer network on campus would actually help students get out of their rooms by connecting them to other students who have similar interests but who they might not have met yet in classes or organizations. Computers are not required for all incoming students at ECU, and with some labs open late or 24 hours, computers are not really necessary, but they are worth it for the convenience of being able to work or socialize online at any time of the day or night. The IT Help Desk is a 24-hour hotline that provides remote troubleshooting assistance for computer difficulties for students on and off campus. On-campus students can also make appointments for "room service" to help set up their computer and register it on the network. Each student is provided with an e-mail account that has spam filtering capability and network space for files (Pirate Drive) and for hosting personal Web sites. Also, if students do not want to purchase design software, several computer labs have it installed there.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available everywhere except inside residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Austin 104
Charged to Print?
Only the library charges up-front printing fees. In all labs, printing costs are covered by the University fees students pay along with their tuition.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Macromedia, and Microsoft products are available at student-discount prices. More info is available at
Did You Know?
  • Banner is a centralized source for students to access such information as course schedules, catalogs, and registration, grades, student surveys, discussion forums, campus directories, class rosters, majors and degrees, academic calendars, tuition statements, local weather, or news headlines from the East Carolinian.
  • MailMarshall is the spam blocker for the ECU e-mail service. Students can open MailMarshall and see what messages have been blocked. Sometimes, there might be important messages that students will need to release from the spam blocker, so don't just delete the MailMarshall e-mails!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 222 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 137 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 69% 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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