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4 College Sophomore

Technology: It is all pretty convenient and gives you the tools you need. It is nice that there is a library open 24 hours a day.

3 College Junior

Technology: The library's computers are almost always crowded but if you are in desperate need of a computer one is most always available. I would say the great majority of students have their own computer so outside of their personal laptops, computers aren't really a necessity.

4 College Junior

Technology: wifi is everywhere and lots of labs too

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5 College Junior

Technology: If you want to wait sometimes computers are there and good. BUt if you have your own wireless is quick

3 College Junior

Technology: You have a hard time logging in some times with laptops and phones

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At OSU, the computer has become extremely important as a tool for everyday use by the professors and the University itself. Information such as assignments, reminders, and class updates need to be accessed through the University's network, and teachers are increasingly relying on the Internet as a teaching tool. This makes easy access to a computer vital. The majority of students agree that getting your own computer is preferred; if that isn't possible, however, there are numerous labs around campus. Only one of these is open 24 hours, though, so access is somewhat limited.

Ideally, you should bring your own computer (and don't forget to buy an Ethernet cord!). There is nothing better than having the security of being able to work on papers or do online research in your own room. Not only that, but AOL Instant Messenger has a solid grip on social life at OSU, so be prepared to constantly update your profile and find new ways to say how much you hate homework! You'll want to check your e-mail often, too: OSU e-mails both grades and bills. While the computer labs are more than adequate to meet student needs (with only a few crowding problems, during the busiest times), having your own personal system is clearly the way to go.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Baker Systems in the engineering building
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
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  • Each student is issued an OSU e-mail address that is used throughout their college career. Upon graduation, students have the option of continuing to use the account.
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Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 395 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 243 responses

  • 4% 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.
  • 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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