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4 College Freshman

Technology: The WiFi can be a bit finicky sometimes, great otherwise.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: You can always find open computers if you ever need one by walking to the library. Otherwise you might have some problems with the network but nothing too terrible.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Mac Labs, plenty of computer labs, good Internet connection , lots of printers.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are some dead zones on campus where the wireless access is not available.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: While the university equips students with a wide range of labs and equipment, the network itself is relatively slow


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Having your own computer is great—you can check emails and type last-minute homework as soon as you return from various classes and meetings. It makes electronic communication incredibly effective, especially since it seems that professors and staff members reply to email requests much more quickly than phone messages. Plus, many teachers email assignments, so you'd best be checking your Truman account often. Blackboard, another feature accessible with your Truman email password, is an Internet-based storage space where some teachers put assignments, grades, and class discussion boards.

The on-campus network is speedy but a little frustrating from time to time. It's moody and occasionally won't allow access for 15 or 20 minutes when it gets into a snit. On the other hand, you can access LexisNexis and EBSCOHost databases, which are two great resources for reading and citing millions of journal articles, studies, and court cases. While most students agree that bringing a computer is not required, it definitely will save you long, exasperating evenings at a PC you're not familiar with. ITS can assist students with buying computers, but whatever the cost, it will be a smart, time-saving investment.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
In the residence halls
Charged to Print?
Students given $25 to print at the beginning of the semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are discounts with Apple, Dell, and IBM.
Did You Know?
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) is free and provides help for all sorts of computer ills. Visit or call (660) 785-4544.
  • Class registration is only done online, so trying to access the server, TruView, at 5 p.m. on a registration day is virtually impossible.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 73 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 46 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 37% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 59% 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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