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3 College Senior

Technology: sometimes difficult to use a computer on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The majority of the computers on campus are in good condition and have current programs on them so that I can effectively do my homework and projects on them. There are a few that are a little slower, but for the most part, the computers overall are excellent.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: For specific classes, you will need to use the computer labs to access programs. However, some of the software can be purchased, for a large discount, and be used on your own laptop. I would highly recommend bringing your own computer.

4 College Student

Technology: With labs around campus and students using personal computers, then it allows all students to get things done

3 College Freshman

Technology: The wifi is finicky and can be very slow

1 person found this useful Report

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Computing at ISU is amazing. Whether you have a computer for work, play, or both, ISU has the Internet connection you will need to make your computing dreams come true. Students seem to be extremely satisfied with the number of labs on campus, the quality of the computers available, and the accommodations made for those who wish to bring their own computers. 

"Convenience" seems to be the word on computers. Most students bring their own computers and would find them difficult to live without. It is not necessary to bring your own, however. Sometimes the computer usage in dorm rooms can become ridiculous, with roommates chatting online while sitting in the same room, or chatting with the person next door to discuss what time to go to dinner. If you tend to procrastinate or really rely on your computer, bring one. Iowa State offers as much or as little computer interactivity as the students choose, offering high-tech capabilities, as well as the bare essentials. Whether you choose to bring a computer from home or rely on one of the hundreds of computers on campus, all students get by.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
10 cents a page in various labs

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 266 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 152 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 66% 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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