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4 College Senior

Technology: There are only a few computer labs around campus that are easy to get to based on their locations as well as the libraries which contain various computers. There are only printers available in the lab, they all charge .10 cents per copy in black and white but are a bit pricier when printing in color. The network speed is actually pretty great but when using wifi, it could be down at times. There is a need for a personal computer only during midterms and finals because everyone uses the lab computers, but other than that, you could use your own laptop or not. There is also an option of sending your files from your own laptop to the university printer, which is also nice.

3 College Senior

Technology: Depending on what building the wireless access is in will determine how reliable it will be

4 College Freshman

Technology: engineers great free printing up to a certain amount of paper, network and speed are good when your in a wifi spot or if you are connected to the cable , but can sometimes be difficult depending on how many people are trying to use it and where you are trying to get connection at

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5 College Freshman

Technology: If you need a computer, finding one should not be difficult.

3 College Junior

Technology: Depends where you are on campus

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Virtually all students at U of I own a computer, and many tote their laptops to classes, coffee shops, and libraries. While it may not be necessary to own a computer—there is no shortage of public computers on campus—students without computers will likely spend a lot of time commuting to and from labs, and will find themselves part of a small minority. The question is really whether or not to bring a printer: paying five to ten cents a page adds up when the bulk of your course readings are online, and it may be a worthwhile measure to avoid having to run to a lab to print out a paper at the last minute.

A good thing about going to a state school is the funding, especially when this funding leads to great computer labs. The residence hall labs may be a bit loud, but they are all adequately equipped; each one generally has a minimum of 20 computers, all with Internet access and a wide range of software. Although labs do get busy, it is rare for there to be no computers available. Several main buildings have computer labs, so wherever you are on campus, you will not be far from a computer and printer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
All residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
5 cents per page in most labs for black and white, 10 cents per page for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Design Premium CS4, Adobe Master Collection CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 (for Windows), Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, Microsoft Office 2008 (for Mac), Microsoft Vista Business Upgrade, Microsoft Vista Ultimate Upgrade
Did You Know?
The residence halls have an online link that allows you to check what computers are open and what labs are full. Unfortunately, to check the link, you need a computer.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 301 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 222 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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