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4 College Sophomore

Technology: While I was in the dorms, the wireless internet speed was around 75 mbps. Around campus, it is around this speed also, but can be spotty in some building. Printing is available, but not cheap. There was/is (not sure) a free printing service, but it was hacked into and all the user info was leaked (uchicago id/password and personal info).

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Personal computers are relatively important, especially if you don't live near the Reg. Stories about the network & connectivity vary wildly.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own computer, so I'm pretty oblivious to the availability of computers, but they do seem pretty prevalent around campus. You could probably manage without having your own.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: I have my own computer so that makes it easier. Wifi gets iffy during finals though

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Everyone has their own computer, but you could probably get by without it.

The internet is pretty reliable

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When deciding what to bring to school, a laptop should be on the top of your list. The majority of people brings Macs, although you will find some PC users. A ton of assignments are online, so it’s convenient to have your own computer. IT services is extremely helpful and very accessible. If you don’t have a computer or have something wrong with yours, there are several public computers on campus. The most popular computer lab is in the A-level of Regenstein Library. It’s pretty easy to find a computer there. However, some computer programs for classes, especially lab sections or econ classes, are only on computers in the A-level. When a big assignment is due, the lab can get a little crowded. Printing on campus is a pain. It costs at least 10 cents a page, so it’s worth it to invest in your own printer.

Wireless Internet is available all over campus. IT services works really hard to make sure that all areas of campus have wireless coverage. If you complain about a spot not having wireless Internet, the IT team will be there the next day to install a wireless router. All students have access to the wireless network with their student ID; it’s very fast and secure. However, you do need to be careful with what you download while hooked up to the network. The University takes illegal downloads, especially music, very seriously, and you can get a huge fine from the slightest mistake.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Ten cents per page. The University gives no free print quota to students.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Contact the campus computer store at (773) 702-6086 for discounts on selected products.
Did You Know?
The IT services team is available on campus all year and will take walk-ins during the day.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 88 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 69 responses

  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 32% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 67% 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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