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5 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are great, and there's always room for you. Printing is free all over the campus, there are printers in about every buidling. Internet is great! It's fast and reliable. Wireless access all over campus and in the dorms. You will need a personal computer, but don't waste money on a printer.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are always open and easy to use.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: I feel the need for a personal computer is very important. Not only can you work on your homework at all hours, but you can also look up information on any subject at your convenience. You can also load your work onto a finger drive which you can take to the computer lab and print out at your convenience. Our campus network is very reliable and fast, with very little wait time when accessing the internet.

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4 College Student

Technology: If you are in need of an on campus computer, it is very easy to find an available one.

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Technology: Penn State does well as far as tech goes. Wi-fi can cut out if you're not in a building, and speeds vary across campus, but it's more than enough to accomplish what you need.


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Most students at Behrend agree that the computer network and labs on campus are great. In 2008, Behrend opened a 24-hour cyber lounge in the science building that features new computers with large-screen monitors, several computers with double monitors, and large-screen TVs that can be hooked up to laptops or watched by everyone. The cyber lounge also features study areas and chairs and couches. There is also a new computer lab with regular computers attached to the cyber lounge for overflow. For business and engineering majors, the REDC has many new computer labs that are open 24 hours (ID card access), and the library also has a computer lab for general use. There are classes in certain labs on weekday mornings, which can make it slightly more difficult to find an open computer, but it is not usually a big problem. It’s recommended that new students bring their own computer simply for convenience, but it would be possible to get by with only the lab computers.

Another perk here is that students get unlimited free printing. The best time to find the most open computers is right before the classes for that particular hour end. If you do bring your own computer, one thing to keep in mind is that you must have virus protection (provided free from the school) or the University will void the unprotected computers from the network.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Most areas of campus, including some residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Burke 153, 175, 176, CyberLounge in Hammermill 135, and Nick 156
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Penn State offers software at the computer store for discounted prices. There are also free software downloads available to students through the Penn State Information Technology Services page at

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 60 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 34 responses

  • 18% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 26% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 56% 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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