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4 College Junior

Technology: The computers at ODU are very helpful. There are plenty of computer labs and they are easily accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The school provides labs and other necessary things

4 College Freshman

Technology: Printing should be allowed in dorm buildings

3 College Junior

Technology: I would prefer to bring my own computer on campus, however the is free wireless access. There is also computer labs available through the campus.

4 College Junior

Technology: You may want to bring a laptop if class doesn't have any but there is always an open spot in computer labs and libraries.


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ODU students will let you know that despite the convenience of having several computer labs spread throughout the University campus, they are always filled with other students who would rather hog the terminals for late-night AIM chats and random, useless e-mail checks. Aside from scheduling for classes online and maybe checking a grade or two after classes have ended, Old Dominion does not even stress that students carry their own computer—that is simply a requirement of the Y generation: to be permanently connected to some type of Internet. However, the computers that Old Dominion does have are—while not necessarily top-of-the-line—up-to-date, efficient, and working properly. ODU has an Ethernet setup as well as hotspots throughout the campus so that students can set their laptops down and connect, as long as they have a password set up by MIDAS, an identification system. However, because students have to log into the wireless system before surfing the net, ODU can monitor which sites they visit, even from their rooms. So be careful if you’re into downloading music or something; students have been penalized for using the Internet to access illegal things. Things like porn, however, might be tracked and judged, but you won’t get in trouble for watching it, as long as you’re doing it legally.

Although the labs allow students to print up to 250 pages per semester for free, afterwards there is a charge, which could obviously add up to some serious bucks for all those students who like to hit the print button a few too many times when printing documents. Besides, the labs are really cramped when they are filled to their capacity with students—it makes working on papers totally claustrophobic. The computer labs are really for students who just don’t have access to a computer—not for the average ODU student. At the same time, however, the labs can be a stimulus for productivity because you’re in a quiet environment designed for working, rather than at home with the TV running, your bed staring at you from across the room, and your roommates talking in the other room. The level of crowdedness in the lab depends on the time of the semester. If it’s mid-terms or finals week, good luck finding a computer, but any other time, you can usually get the seat you need

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
You can gain wireless access to the ODU Network from most outdoor common areas, library, auditoriums and buildings with assigned access points.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each student is allotted 250 pages per semester before his or her account will be charged.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
ODU has several deals in place with Dell, IBM, and Gateway that allow students to purchase discounted software and hardware. Go to A;sp, check out the Monarch Techstore, located in the Webb Center.
Did You Know?
  • Tired of spam mail or incessant commercial e-mail? Well, fret no longer. ODU has recently installed an anti-spam system to take care of those 100 solicitor messages an hour, protecting all student and "" accounts.
  • Need to print a document, but you don't have access to a University computer and your computer at home doesn't have a printer? No worries. ODU's iPrint service allows you to print from your laptop to University printers from on campus.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 276 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 164 responses

  • 5% 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.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.



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