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4 College Freshman

Technology: Everything is perfect, besides the limited free printing. The amount of free printing offered use to be renewed every quarter. Now it is only renewed every year. Where does all the money I pay towards these resources go!?

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: When you have wifi the connection is insanely fast, but there are many dead zones on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing can be a hassle because the labs are not open late.

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3 College Senior

Technology: I use my own computer.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: You get a certain amount of free printing a quarter which is nice. The computers in the computer labs are kind of slow. I chose to buy my own printer just because I have about 300 pages to print per quarter so it turn out to be cheaper (and more convenient).

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At UCLA, computer labs are as plentiful as the California sunshine. Checking e-mail from any of the 17 labs usually requires no more than a five-minute wait. However, finding a computer to use for more than five minutes is slightly more challenging. Students pack the CLICC Lab in the College Library where they can use both Macs and PCs to check e-mail in 10-minute increments or use a computer for schoolwork for up to two hours. However, the line is hefty between classes. The wait for a computer in the main library can take up to 20 minutes at lunchtime, and even then there is a two-hour usage limit. When there is not a class in session, the third floor of Powell is open for student use, and there is hardly ever a line.

The libraries also have electrical outlets and Ethernet hookups scattered around for students looking to study with their own laptops. Or better yet, check one out from the CLICC Lab at Powell Library—this is a little-known secret that will save money and time. Overall, computers at UCLA are plentiful, but the labs still lack the freedom to snag an A grade. One plus, however, is the network's incredible speed and reliability. With three new networks recently added to the mix, it's a snap to find a good connection on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in certain locations, including Ackerman Union, the library, the lawn, lobbies, and study rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
The library's CLICC lab is open 24 hours during the week before finals and finals week.
Charged to Print?
Students get $5 of free printing each quarter, but after that it's 11 cents per page in the library, and possibly cheaper at other labs.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Hefty discounts are available for students on the following programs: Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, Corel Student, FileMaker Pro, Final Cut, Final Draft, iLife, iWork, Mac Box Set, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office for Mac, MindManager, MobileMe, Parallels, and VMware Fusion.
Did You Know?
The first e-mail message ever was sent from UCLA to Stanford.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 387 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 250 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 14% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 80% 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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