Having a computer on campus is always a blessing, but it is mainly for those who would rather do schoolwork at home as opposed to walking to a library to face a time limit. When I was a freshman, I did not have a printer. The dorms feature computer outlets in every room as well as computers and printers in the main lobbies. I would type my paper in my room, save it on a disk, and travel downstairs to print it. The entire process was simplistic and painless.
I have only had to use the 24-hour computer lab in the student center a few times, and it has never been full. The only problem with those computers is that they do not allow you to save your Word documents or anything of that sort onto a disk. You either have to e-mail it to yourself or ask for assistance from the help desk. Those computers are primarily for checking e-mail and surfing the Internet. The computers in libraries are used more to do homework and research. Many students choose to write papers in those spots because something about the library forces them to focus. All of the computers on campus are up-to-date and are constantly being replaced with new ones. The only pain is printing. You must first buy a copy card, put money on it, and then proceed to print. What seems odd to me is that SMU is well-endowed but has poor computer facilities.