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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing is expensive on campus and you can really only do it at Willy T, but the wireless speed is average until finals week and then it's terrible.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: We have a lot of different computer labs and WT Young library is the best !

3 College Junior

Technology: I see them in the library. But I have no experience with it because I brought my own laptop to college.

4 College Junior

Technology: when logging onto a computer in a lab, it takes a while for it to log on. it would also be nice to not have to pay to print every single thing on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Many kinds of brands of computer for different usage. The best wireless access, speed, but printing is a bit expensive since it's 12 cents per black and white copy.


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It would be almost impossible to get through four years at UK, or any other college for that matter, without your own personal computer. With wireless services, it’s easy to take your laptop anywhere you want or need. But if that isn’t an option for you, don’t panic. It just means you’ll have to walk to the William T. Young Library to use one of its many computers. Luckily, after a school forum on the subject, the library is now open 24 hours during week days and during the days on the weekend. You wouldn’t think anyone would be there at 4 a.m. on a Tuesday, but you’d be surprised.

Students living in on-campus dorms are notorious for spending hours at a time chatting online with friends. Be prepared to message your next door neighbor in the dorms instead of just walking two feet down the hall. You’ll be able to find plenty of places on campus to use whatever sort of computer you prefer—both Mac and Windows compatible. You can even check your e-mail over some coffee at one of the campus Starbucks. Perhaps the greatest computer feature Kentucky offers is the wireless Internet. How lovely to do research on the Internet while sitting on some Kentucky bluegrass underneath a sprawling tree!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Young Library
Charged to Print?
Typically 12 cents for black and white and 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discount pricing is offered on selected Microsoft products
Did You Know?
  • Information Technology will make appointments 24-hours in advance to meet and consult with students on computer problems, as well as helping to fix them.
  • You will need a password to use many of the computer labs. The accounts take about an hour to become activated and will work during your entire tenure at UK. They will give you access to various programs and applications (so you can pull Photoshop pranks on your roommate).
  • UK is a member of Internet2 - a consortium being led by 207 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership among academia, industry, and government that fostered today's Internet in its infancy.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 265 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 136 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 78% 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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