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.