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5 College Sophomore

Technology: libraray and other buildings have plenty of computers

3 College Junior

Technology: Dont use the computers on campus much

3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own computer

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers are in excellent condition but having a laptop is very convenient and absolutely necessary for taking notes in class and checking emails sent by the school and by professors.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of computers for us, the prints are relatively inexpensive, and the wifi is usually on point.


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Having your own computer in college is a must if you are looking for convenience. The library is equipped with lots of great computers, but going to the library, waiting for a computer, and getting distracted by the hundreds of semi-familiar faces wastes precious time that you will have to make up for later. It is starting to become a bigger trend to see people typing their notes on their laptops in class, but most people still use the library for quick email checks and especially for printing.

We are the digital generation, and professors are catching on to that. A full-time student will be taking courses that, more often than not, rely heavily on the Internet or other computer-based conveniences. You can get through many a class without buying the overpriced textbook, but you cannot make it through college without a computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
ATLC East, ATLC North, ATLC West
Charged to Print?
Students can print to one of the many black-and-white and color printers in the library, but they must set up a TechExpress account. It's 5 cents per black-and-white page and 50 cents per color page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate, Mac OS 10.5 or Higher, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player
Did You Know?
  • By being a Tech student, you can download music for free, since Tech joined forces with Ruckus Network. Ruckus has more than 2 million songs available to you for free. Check out for more info.
  • IT Help Central is a computer help line that you can call when your computer is acting up. Call (806) 742-HELP, and they will assist you right over the phone, free of charge.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 338 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 209 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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