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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The school has some way to go with internet speed, but they realize the value of students using computers.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Decent computer accessibility but bring your own--you will need it!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computers are all over campus and free to use. Printing costs though.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: the computers located in the common areas and lounges are average and mediocre at best. Most of them are slow and have many problems printing documents and papers (especially those in the libraries - Geisel )

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Technology: Nothing distinguishable but perfectly adequate for students.


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There is an overwhelming amount of advice for freshman to bring computers with them. It doesn’t matter if it is a laptop, CPU, new, or old, just as long as it hooks up to the Internet. All on-campus housing has excellent Ethernet connections and networks, on which students can work on projects, download music, chat online, or play games. Students also say that they usually procrastinate, and it is easier to get work done at the last minute if you have your own computer. Having your own computer is a luxury, but can also be a huge time-waster.

While it is convenient to have your own computer, it is not an absolute necessity. There are computer labs all over campus, and some are open 24 hours. Without a computer you might have to plan ahead a little more, but lab access isn’t a problem.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
The Library Lounge, AP&M B432
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page for black and white
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
ACD Systems Canvas, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Garage Band, Apple Logic Express, Autodesk Revit Architecture Suite, AutoCAD, Autodesk Education Suite, Avid Media Composer, Corel Paint Shop, CorelDraw Graphics Suite, Corel Painter, Corel WordPerfect Office, EndNote, FileMaker, Final Cut, iLife, iWork, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Expression Studio, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Professional, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Project Pro, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio Pro, Norton Antivirus, Windows Vista
Did You Know?
UCSD campus houses the San Diego Super Computer Center (SDSC). Founded in 1985 by the National Science Foundation, it has since become one of the biggest and most advanced computer centers in the world. SDSC is known for its integration of computers with science, especially in the areas of bioscience and geoscience. The scientists at SDSC have worked to shorten the time it takes to develop new drugs, created realistic animation, showed the birth of our solar system, tried to forecast the future of the greenhouse effect, and tracked computer viruses using the center.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 267 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 160 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 75% 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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