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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Kent State University provides many many computers for it's students, not to mention great Wi-fi connectivity There are tech-support services in every residence hall with 24 hour operation! Kent makes sure that it's students have all access to technology.

4 College Senior

Technology: The computers at school are very nice. You would want to buy your own laptop, but there is the library that has tons of computers and many buildings that have computer labs in them.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: the computers are very reliable and you can always find an open one

2 College Senior

Technology: The speed of the network and the reliability of the network is very poor on campus. It often goes in and out of service throughout the day.

3 College Junior

Technology: Some of the dorms do not even have computer labs, though if that is the case there is probably one in the next dorm. However, I think it's important to bring your own laptop because they're great to have in class.


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Technology permeates most areas of campus life, so having ready access to a computer is undoubtedly necessary. Professors utilize online quizzes and homework for classes, and most branches of the University communicate with students primarily through email. Computer labs are readily available (with both Macs and PCs), and the University does a fairly good job of keeping them updated, but having your own computer is the most desirable and practical way to go.

Students' most prominent gripe with campus technology is that the University printers are not free. While the per-sheet cost is not expensive in itself (7 cents for black and white), students' complaints are based on principle more than anything else. After a recent upgrade, most of the University has access to the wireless network, though it functions better in some places than in others. Despite spotty connections in certain places, however, the expanded accessibility is appreciated by students. Though Kent State is not the most high-tech school, its computer resources and tech support are more than adequate for student needs, especially considering that most will opt to bring their own computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most academic buildings, residence halls, libraries, and the student center
24-Hour Labs?
Main Library (Monday through Thursday)
Charged to Print?
7 cents per page (black and white)
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University has contracts to receive discounts from Dell and Apple computers.
Did You Know?
Recently renovated floors in the Main Library include the additions of several great study spaces, including enclosed areas wherein multiple students can output their device screens to a large television display that allows for interactive group studying.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 325 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 210 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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