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3 College Freshman

Technology: UofL offers a multitude of computers, mainly within Ekstrom Library, and which also offers the opportunity for students to check out or rent computers as well.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Finding a computer in the library is hit and miss, although there are plenty of computers, there is simply and greater ratio of students. Most individual buildings have smaller computer labs for the use of those within the major of the building which is really convienent when printing before class. The wireless range is amazing and always has a good connection. Ive never had a single problem with wireless.

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2 College Student

Technology: They are often all taken

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3 College Senior

Technology: I transferred from a school that had an ABUNDANCE of computers for students to use, so by comparison, UL doesn't have much to offer in that sense. I hate bringing my laptop to school, but sometimes you have to for class. The network is okay in terms of speed, but sometimes I have trouble connecting to it. I have been able to do homework on the library's computers, but I have noticed some rude people who are not using them for that purpose. Last year, my laptop broke, and I spent 10 hours (over 2 days) writing a final paper on a library computer. The first day I was there, I sat next to a study who was using the library computer to play a video game and eat. He had a ton of snacks, and ate and behaved very loudly the entire time I was there. When I came back the next day, he was there AGAIN, doing the same thing! I sat as far away as possible, but I was angry to see a student monopolizing a computer during a stressful time of the term. Many students came in looking for an available computer and left during that time. We simply do not have enough computers for that to be acceptable.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Nothing special about the computers, they get the job done, but could be better.


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The University provides many public computers for student use, but with such a large amount of people on campus, there aren't enough for everybody. This especially affects students who commute to campus every day—they face the daily struggle of grabbing a computer in one of the labs, and many have to wait at least 10 to 15 minutes for a public computer. So, if you're planning on living on campus or will be driving to campus daily, it would be wise to bring a computer. Without your own, there is no guarantee that you will have access to a computer when you need it.

When using the public computers, there are some things you need to know. The computers themselves are easy to use, but printing can be another story. It’s not free, so in order to print, you must have money on your Cardinal Card (student ID). And, sometimes the machines malfunction and won't take your card, so if you need to print something at the last minute and your card won’t work, you're up the creek without a paddle. However, there are a few places where students can print for free, such as the student lounge in Davidson Hall and Vogt Building.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
It's available in most areas of campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Louisville and Miller halls
Charged to Print?
Black and white is 10 cents, and color is 35 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software and computers are available through iTech Xpress on the lower level of the Miller Information Technology Center or at Students can also log in to download free software, including virus protection.
Did You Know?
  • In the past, the computers in Ekstrom Library, especially the ones in Tulip Tree Café, were occasionally used by homeless people. So, because of this, one of the labs there has been sectioned off for students only, and in order to enter, you must have your student ID ready for the person at the desk.
  • Students can check out laptops for up to four hours in Ekstrom, Kornhauser Health Sciences, and Art libraries.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 163 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 112 responses

  • 9% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 26% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 64% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.


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