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4 College Junior

Technology: Sometimes there is trouble with the wireless network but for other than that, the technology on campus is great.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are many computer labs around campus, so many that I'm sure there are more than I even know about. The most popular computer lab is in the library, and sometimes you have to wait to use a computer. The printers are normally working. You get a little bit of money at the begining of each semester on your card for printing, but you'll have to put more on your card yourself. I think having your own computer is essentail for at home work. Many of my classsess are all electronic.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I think that the network availability is poor and Lsu charge us too much tuition for poor internet quality

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5 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computers, from your dorm to the'll find one. TRUST.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The quality of the internet connection depends on where you are on campus. In some areas it's great and moves quick. In other areas, it takes pages forever to load and can become frustrating. Computer labs are pretty accessible, especially in the library but most students have their own computers.


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At LSU, computers become a way of life. It's necessary to learn to religiously check email and develop talents in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Semester Book links most classes through your PAWS desktop, allowing teachers to post grades, homework, and give you a way to reach them. TigerBytes is another service through PAWS that allows students to save files on the campus network and open them through any computer. Several departments, such as the College of Art & Design, require students to have a laptop (check with them to get specifications). It would be nearly impossible to get through college without some sort of computing device.

However, students don't have to have their own computer to survive. Though most students recommend having one for sheer convenience, the number of labs in dorms, libraries, and departments allows students to survive without their own computer. Even if you do bring your computer, the labs offer almost every program you could imagine, allowing you to complete projects without having to buy expensive software. The labs also offer inexpensive printing from students' Tiger Cards. LSU also offers an extensive campus wireless network for students to use their laptops around campus. Many students tote their laptops to class, though many end up playing solitaire or chatting with friends instead of taking notes.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Five cents for black and white, 25 cents for color. Most dorms and departmental labs allow students to print for free if they bring their own paper.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can access and buy discounted software. Students can also buy discounted Apple merchandise through the Apple Education store online.
Did You Know?
  • LSU is home to some of the fastest supercomputers in America: "SuperMike."
  • Students can check out laptops, cameras, and tripods for 72 hours through Middleton Library.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 246 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 142 responses

  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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