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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Labs get pretty crowded and RUwireless is unreliable. The best way to make sure you won't get knocked off is to bring your own router and connect that way.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There's a surprising amount of computers on campus

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers at my school are great. There are plenty of labs all around each individual campus. Printing on campus is annoying at times when people are printing there whole bio lectures and other assignments. There should be more printers in my opinion. The network speed and reliability is good.

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3 College Junior

Technology: You can always get access to a computer but sometimes the computer labs were almost full. At any given time, there are at least some computers that are not working. If you have a problem with the computer that you are on, it is easy to get tech support to help. A lot of the time there are printing issues, so you don't always have the ability to print. Wireless access, network reliability and speed are all fast and simple.

2 College Freshman

Technology: I give bad rating because of the wireless availability. Unfortunately, there are spots even inside buildings where the wireless signal is really poor for example Douglass Campus Center.


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When the server goes down, students walk aimlessly around the halls with a lost look on their faces, unable to communicate with the real world. Facebook status messages are a pivotal part of RU student life. With all of the different campuses at Rutgers, it is a way of keeping in touch with friends on different campuses. Facebook and consistent e-mail checking are definitely a big part of RU culture. The majority of Rutgers professors require students to use their Eden accounts to send in homework or online quizzes. Sakai is another program that students log into for course notes, teacher comments, and an online bulletin board. Also, Internet courses are offered that require students to post discussion materials, as well as papers. When the end of the semester rolls around, students have to schedule classes for the following semester online. At 10 p.m. on “add day,” students all around Rutgers run to their computers to try and log onto Webreg, the Registrar’s site, to add classes—a task that takes about an hour since everyone logs in at the same time.

No one at Rutgers should ever bring a printer because the labs print faster and are of better quality. I haven’t met a student that didn’t have their own computer, though. If you can’t bring a computer, labs are available to do work or to play games on. Many students talk on their cell phones in the labs, so if you need to work in a quiet environment, your best bet is to bring your own computer. Besides, at such a big university, it’ll become your surrogate best friend.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
No 24-hour computer labs exist on campus, but hours at the computer labs change during exam periods.
Charged to Print?
In the beginning of each semester, you are given $30 a semester to spend at the computer labs. Each page is 4 cents in black and white or 25 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Rutgers offers discounted prices on a large amount of software from big company names such as Adobe, Apple, BrightMail, ESRI, Filemaker, Hummingbird, Interarchy, Linux, Macromedia, Maple, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, SAS, SPSS, WinZip, and ZoneLabs.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 440 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 259 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 27% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 66% 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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