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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The library has computers and there is computer labs available. I have my own laptop, but sometimes it gets annoying carrying it around all the time so have a stick drive is A MUST!

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Lots of computer labs everywhere.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Computers at school are almost the same as buying a laptop to carry around but most likely better. The accessibility is limitless and students are almost always able to use computers when needed.

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3 College Junior

Technology: I mostly use the computers for printing. I have a few assignments that require a program I do not have, so I did use the computers at school a few times. Sometimes I had to wait in a long line to use a computer in the computer lab located ontge second floor of Jowers. There was a staff lab downstairs, but we are not allowed to print if it is not related to teaching/work.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of labs on campus, but I would recommend having a computer for home. And it is necessary to have your own during midterms and finals so you won't have to wait or worry about lab hours.


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There are computer labs in most every building on the Texas State campus. In addition, you can connect to the wireless Internet anywhere on campus, which means you can be online while you wait for class to start, sit outside during some downtime, in your dorm room, or even while eating in any of the dining halls. The Alkek Library also has laptops you can check out that are equipped with wireless access and word processing programs. There are certain computers with special software, like the Adobe packages (InDesign, Illustrator, etc.), map making hardware like ArcMap, and accounting programs. Every computer lab is different, but all connect to the Internet and are set up with the latest versions of Microsoft Office. Many of the labs now even have Apple desktop computers, and man, are they spiffy! In terms of printing out documents, fees are only included within certain departments. But you don't pay every time you print; the fee is included in your lab fee.

Every computer lab has lab assistants whose jobs are to assist you with any computer problem you may have, whether it's a printing issue, using the pre-installed software you may have to use for a class, or connection troubles. No problem is too great. Texas State also has an excellent IT service. These guys will follow up right away with any issue you have. You can e-mail them with your issue or give them a call (calling works best, though).

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Virtually the entire main campus, both indoors and outdoors
24-Hour Labs?
Not generally, but the Alkek Library has extended hours during midterms and finals.
Charged to Print?
While there is no charge for printing, it is metered. Students are allotted 25 pages per print job, with a max of 2,500 pages per semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University Bookstore sells Adobe and Microsoft Works software at a slight discount for students and teachers-though, it is still rather expensive. The Microsoft Works discounts are much better than the Adobe discounts. There is software for both Mac and PC machines.
Did You Know?
The buses that run from San Antonio to Texas State and from Austin to Texas State have wireless routers on them. You can connect to the Internet while on your way to school!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 449 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 248 responses

  • 22% 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.
  • 54% 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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