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3 College Sophomore

Technology: If you are a Lyle major, there is free printing and plenty of computer labs available. The wifi on campus is terrible when a bunch of people online.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer lab? Does anyone use those? SMU student's are paying $60,000 for one year of college, so it shouldn't be surprising that everyone here has a Macbook Pro. It's actually hard to find someone with a PC. Almost everyone on campus owns or knows someone who has a printer, so no one actually goes to the library to print. PerunaNet is the wireless internet around campus. It's not bad. It sucks in some buildings, but is great in others. Just hope that it's good in your dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: most students use their own laptops, but there are a variety of big screen macs and old pcs in the library.

4 College Freshman

Technology: PerunaNet works really well, and it's available in every building throughout campus.

3 College Freshman

Technology: They work, internet sucks, you have to pay to print


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
The 24-hour lab is in Java City. It is not really a "lab" at all; instead, there are about 10 computers lined up against the wall in the café.
Charged to Print?
10 cents for black and white and 75 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
McAfee Antivirus, Windows XP Pro Upgrade
Did You Know?
  • SMU has an agreement with AT&T personal wireless services as well as Resicom where students can receive extra minutes, discounts on their cell phones and bills, as well as long distance calling cards.
  • ITS (Information Technology Services) will assist you in developing your own Web site and provides several references for extra guidance.
  • SMU has its own computer store (Computer Corner) where students can purchase hardware as well as software-all at discounted rates.
  • Images, located on campus, is solely a place for printing needs. Recently, it expanded its services to include QuickPrint, where students can submit copy orders online without the hassle of using a telephone.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 106 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

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 22% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 71% 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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