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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are so many options on where to complete coursework! The library is often noisy but other options are always available!

3 College Student

Technology: The campus and residential wireless internet could use some improvement. The speed is not necessarily fast, but it is something I can deal with. Though, it is very difficult when the wireless internet connection gets disconnected, especially because my Ethernet cord does not reach the outlet from where my desk is located in my room.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Everything is good except the prices of printing paper. WAY TO MUCH!

3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own laptop and printer so I haven't really used the computer lab.

2 College Freshman

Technology: The internet has been bad this semester.


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Most students believe it is important to bring a computer to school. While there are a number of computer labs in campus buildings and in the library, these labs can be an inconvenience to many students. At certain points throughout the semester (like during finals), the labs can get crowded, and it can be hard to find seating. Having your own computer can also provide students the convenience of being able to do their homework whenever they want. With a student's Redbird Card, students can print from one of the printing stations, but it costs $0.08 per black and white page and $0.80 per colored page.

Students are supplied with an e-mail address and this becomes the main form of communication with professors and other students. Although there are certain anti-virus protections that must be bought and maintained by students, overall, the ISU network is fast and convenient. TechZone, ISU’s technology support service, will help fix viruses and clean hard drives usually free of charge. There is also software available for student purchase at a discounted price; this is an excellent way for students to get the most current software.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
In dining centers, all classroom facilities, Milner Library, and Bone Student Center
24-Hour Labs?
None of the six computer labs on campus are open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
Printing is 8 cents for black and white or 80 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Partner vendors include Apple Inc., CDW-G, Crucial Technology, Dell Computer, GovConnection, and Lenovo.
Did You Know?
  • ISU provides students with the opportunity to check out a laptop for up to three hours. Students are also able to pick up a free CD that enables them to connect to the campus intranet system. This allows students to browse folders or programs that are needed for their classes.
  • Most professors manage their classes on the Blackboard online forum. Here, professors post grade information, lecture slides, suggested readings, and much more.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 216 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 155 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 81% 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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