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4 College Sophomore

Technology: I enjoy having the option to print from ITAP computers; it is sometimes frustrating how slowly they run or how little printing money we are allotted. Also, the situation with using the wireless internet from your phone is very frustrating; it is extremely difficult to install the program needed for it to actually work. Other than that, the speed and availability of WIFI is fine; I really enjoy being able to use my laptop outside when the weather is nice. ITAP support is also very helpful! Computer labs are usually conveniently located, but it would also be helpful if some were kept open during the day for individuals to use (rather than just classes).

4 College Freshman

Technology: I typically used my own laptop just for convenience purposes but Purdue does offer computers to people who choose to do so.

4 College Freshman

Technology: ITaP will take care of any problem you're having. Its very handy. Great network and printing. I'd bring your own laptop and possibly even a printer if you're in engineering

3 College Freshman

Technology: The on-campus wifi is very shotty and can go out at any time, which isn't convenient but there are always computer labs you can use that are very easy to access

4 College Junior

Technology: When you consider how Many students purdue has, there are plenty of computers. They are usually filled in between classes, but there is actually a phone map that lets you know how Many computers are open. Also there are lots of labs maybe new students havent found yet, in more secluded to a particular major. So once you catch on to where the labs are, you are fine. The computers are fast once you log on, but logging on is a little slow. The printing is awesome. You can go to tap to have them set up the printers from your laptop so you aren't dependent on how many computers are available. Do recommend light portable laptop.


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Computer labs can be found everywhere at Purdue, peeking around corners and hidden in basements, like eggs on Easter morning. Although the most obvious labs are usually crowded, a diligent student with an eye on the iTap website will be able to find many labs hidden away that will be mostly, if not completely, empty at any time of the day. Mac labs tend to be less crowded than PC labs, but either type can be found quite easily on the iTap website. The computers are updated every two to three years, keeping Purdue on the cutting edge of technology.

It’s possible for a student to spend an entire college career without a computer of his or her own, but with the convenience of high-speed Internet in the residence halls, most students at Purdue recommend bringing your own computer. Leave your printer at home, though, because students are given a printing account by the University. If you’re an engineering student, you will find yourself working on University computers most of the time, thus printing not being a big issue.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Air Link is available in certain buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Only during Dead Week- the week before finals week.
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
One of the best-kept secrets on campus is the $5 software that is available for purchase at the Boiler Copy Center in PMU. An agreement with Microsoft allows Purdue to sell software such as Microsoft XP, Office XP Professional, Windows XP Pro, and Front Page, to name a few. By presenting a valid student ID, a student is eligible to receive one copy of each program.
Did You Know?
  • Be careful what you download on the University bandwidth-a few years ago, several students were served with court papers for illegally downloading copyrighted materials onto their hard drives. You can't claim the Fair Use Doctrine for this situation, folks, but you can certainly become a martyr for the rebellion-stop the RIAA!
  • Through a recent agreement with Dell, Purdue students (and recent alumni) can purchase excellent computer systems for discounted prices.
  • Engineers, check out the elite Engineering Computer Network (ECN) labs. These require an ECN log-on, available through the engineering schools, and gives you access to additional software geared towards the different engineering curriculums. The School of Technology also has its own computer system and additional software.
  • The ECN labs in the Material Science Engineering Library allow you free printing. No money is deducted from your printing balance, and you can print as much as you want.
  • The University Bookstore features very affordable software. There's no need to blow bucks at any other place. The Bookstore can offer the same at around 20% of the original price.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 338 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 233 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 70% 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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