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3 College Senior

Technology: Library is improving due to numerous quick print stations. The wireless takes forever to recognize on a cell phone

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Sometimes the computers in the library are crowded but you can rent laptops. You get a certain amount of printing money each semester but I usually do not use it all. The wireless internet is pretty good now that they switched it.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: You can get wifi everyone on campus. It is extremely convenient.

4 College Senior

Technology: In the library, desktop computers are scarce and almost always in use. My favorite place to go was the private 2rd floor hallway that had little cubicles with a computer. However, you can rent laptops in the library as long as you have your student ID, and you can keep them for several hours. You can't take them out of the library. There are a few other computer labs in classroom buildings, but there are many times that those are either closed for classes or they are all taken up. Actually getting to sit and use a computer is relatively difficult. I usually brought my own laptop, but after I got a Macbook my senior year, I had difficulty with the network in most buildings.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: School computers are up to date and work great


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Computers and technology are right at your fingertips at Slippery Rock. There are 24-hour labs in every residence hall, as well as labs in every classroom building. Bailey Library, a hot spot for researching, last-minute paper writing, and plenty of gossiping, is equipped with two microfilm machines, plenty of quiet study areas, and a laptop checkout station. During the day, when Bailey is at its busiest and computer pods are full, students can sign out a laptop and find one of the many cozy nooks to type away in. With modern technology, one can expect problems every so often—or more often than not, in some cases. Sometimes, the high-speed network connection has a habit of not being very high-speed. However, these problems are brief and tend to occur only when adjustments are being made to the system. If students experience any major problems, they can contact their on-site Resident Network Assistant (RNA), a resident student with a strong computer know-how. Sometimes these individuals are helpful, while other times, frantic students are more likely to have their computer implode than have their phone calls promptly returned by their RNA.

What many people do not know is that SRU offers satellite courses through universities like Clarion and Edinboro universities. These courses, usually foreign language requirements, are taught via satellite from these distant sites and are set up like any typical class: you’ll attend, interact, and complete assignments—all through the magic of technology.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Multiple spots on campus, including the common areas in residence halls, the Quad, Bailey Library, the University Union, and most classroom buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
All residence hall labs and one on the first floor of Spotts World Cultures Building
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe CS4 Design, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, EndNote, FileMaker Pro, Final Draft, Intuit Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Project, MindManager, Plug-In Suite, QuarkXPress, SmartDraw
Did You Know?
The computer labs in the dorms are available for student use 24 hours a day, but students must be residents of that particular dorm to gain access.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 120 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 72 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 58% 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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