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5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Many labs, easy printing accessibility, completely wireless!

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: I personally feel like their isn't always enough of them but I believe most people have their own computer so it is not a very big issue.

3 College Junior

Technology: I often have a hard time finding a computer in the library, but if you have your own then the wireless within the libraries is usually very good.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs are a great place to get work done and you have wifi all over campus as long as you're close to a building.

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4 College Junior

Technology: There are several computer labs and libraries all throughout campus. All of the computers are modern and up-to-date, and at the main libraries, you an choose between PCs and MACs. During finals week, and other times when the library is busy, it can be difficult to find a computer, but the libraries do rent out PCs and MACs to students, so if a desktop is unavailable a laptop likely will be.

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Florida State University prides itself on being one of the most wired universities in the United States. The administration realizes that in order to be competitive, students must have access to the latest technologies. FSU is constantly updating their computer systems and network servers, not only for security purposes, but also to provide its student body with the most up-to-date computing available and the quickest network speed possible. This includes Ethernet connections and wired classrooms, along with a wireless network available at various locations. Many instructors now use FSU's Blackboard system to post class notes, assignments, and grades that are easy for students to access from any computer location, regardless if you own one or not.

Some students complain about crowded computer labs, but these are usually the ones who wait until the last minute to complete their assignments. Also, the school has adopted a stricter policy on file trading due to the strain it puts on the network servers and to avoid the possibility of copyright infringement lawsuits. This new enforcement helps to speed up the network. In addition to these new policies, the systems have been upgraded, continuing to make the network quicker. Having your own computer is not a necessity at FSU, but it is nice to have the convenience of checking your e-mail or communicating via Instant Messenger in the comfort of your own room.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Libraries, most classroom buildings, Wildwood and DeGraff dorms
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Student discounts are offered at campus bookstores. Plenty of discounted software is available from Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, SAS, Corel, SPSS, Sun, McAfee, and other companies.
Did You Know?
Yahoo! ranked FSU as the 18th most wired university in the nation.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 550 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 377 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 73% 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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