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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a number of places for students to use computers (both Mac and PC). Whether a computer is necessary in class depends on your professor. I've had some who required or strongly encouraged bringing computers and others who forbade them

4 College Freshman

Technology: There's a good number of computers, but there are also a good number of students so they tend to be crowded. A short wait near the lab will end in you getting a computer within 15 minutes. You can also sign out laptops to use in the library during especially crowded times.

4 College Junior

Technology: NYU does a great job of having a large amount of computer labs with printing and copying capabilities. They are usually open pretty late and usually have someone on hand to help if a printer becomes jammed or anything like that.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are ample availabilities for computer labs and printing on campus. The network reliability and speed are really good with no problems.

2 College Junior

Technology: Internet is great, the library lets you borrow one if you don't have one but the library gets very busy.

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Computer service at NYU is outstanding, but bringing a laptop to NYU is definitely the way to go, or at least, it is highly recommended. With nearly 44,000 students, things can get a little tricky. The best part about NYU Information Technology Services (ITS) computer labs is the unlimited free printing. The worst part about NYU ITS computer labs is that the unlimited free printing privilege comes with a price; because of long lines, you can end up waiting for about 10 minutes to print two pages. Despite the occasional 5- to 10-minute wait to get a computer at any of the labs, once you are seated with a computer, you can spend the whole day there. NYU is also a Mac- and PC-friendly school; thus, there are labs for each, as well as some with both options. One of the nicest computer features is that there are computers in various locations—for instance, in the lobby in the Steinhardt Building and on the third floor in the Silver Center, although you cannot print from these computers.

With NYU's significant effort to go green, double-sided printing is highly recommended, but you may switch the option to whatever you prefer—just remember to crosscheck that the selection you want is highlighted. Unfortunately, none of the ITS labs are open 24 hours, but no worries; if you have a laptop, you can download the Pharos printing software on your computer, and with that, you can send print jobs to the outdoor printer, located in front of the West Fourth Street ITS lab. Even though the lab will be closed, the outdoor printer functions 24 hours.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Most everywhere
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Printing in the ITS labs is free (paid for as part of your tuition), so most students take advantage of this.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The NYU Computer Store has special pricing for faculty, staff, and students; students just need to provide their NYU IDs in order to log in and shop.
Did You Know?
There are several on-campus computer labs with multimedia capabilities, allowing students to do everything from compose music to edit film. All they need is their NYU student ID card to access them.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 354 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 238 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 16% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 77% 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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