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3 College Freshman

Technology: the tech support isn't always that helpful

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: All set up,and very organized

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3 College Freshman

Technology: there are not that many, so you may be stuck waiting.

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3 College Junior

Technology: The computers are okay, not that bad though. Some computers can be pain in the butt.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Being a technological school, they have most updated computers and technologies today

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One of the greatest features at RIT is its unprecedented computer network. The sheer volume that the system can handle is astounding. The school openly boasts that no student needs to bring their own computer to campus since there are enough school-owned computers to supply the need. While bringing your own computer isn't necessary, it is suggested, if for no other reason than being able to sit in your dorm room and do your work with cheese-curl crumbs all over your Snoopy pajamas. Just simply plug your computer in, and you'll be connected to the campus and the Web in a matter of moments. The recent waves of worms and viruses that have been attacking RIT's system are considered by ITS to be a minor inconvenience. It is because of this, however, that students who choose to bring their own computers are now required to register each one at the beginning of the year. It is at this time when each individual computer is checked by ITS to ensure that each one is virus-free and adequately protected from future virus outbreaks. One of RIT's priorities is that students not only receive the best technology services, but the most cautious as well.

ITS and Resnet are also great resources that are available to RIT students. At RIT, students can always get tech support and computer repairs (within reason) for free. The staff is always helpful and courteous, even to those students who aren't computer savvy. If you aren't willing to go to the student-run tech support center, there are always other students you can turn to. With one of the best computer science programs in the country, it is a pretty safe bet that you will know at least one reputable CS major or someone with a vast knowledge of computers; maybe this someone will owe you a favor!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Black and white printing is generally free of charge, with some restrictions on the amount and type of pages students can print. Certain labs charge for specialized printing, such as color printing, glossy printing, and large sheet printing.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
You can get a number of software packages at the bookstore for student rates. Some of the most frequently purchased packages are Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Microsoft Office.
Did You Know?
The Nathaniel Rochester Hall, which houses the Computer Science House, was voted the third most wired dorm in the nation! The Galisano Building for the College of Information and Computer Science is a state-of-the-art facility that gives students access to some of the best equipment available.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 196 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 136 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 68% 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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