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3 College Freshman

Technology: You need a computer for some classes, such as Astronomy. The wireless network, Tempest, has flaws, and can not connect to some laptops because of IP address conflicts.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Everyone needs to bring a laptop and printer. The internet spped is great, never an issue.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Sometimes the network is very slow, but its there

4 College Freshman

Technology: It's available in all classes, helpful when needed in course work for teachers who require online materials only.

3 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computers available, but that's if you want to dedicate a portion of your time everyday for a trip to the library.


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There are a limited number of open computer clusters in comparison to the number of computer labs available within classroom buildings. Many of the classroom building computer labs are locked, and if not, they have limited access by password and can only be used by students enrolled in majors within that college or department. The number of computers available for use in the open computer labs is adequate, although it gets congested during the late-morning hours through the middle of the afternoon.

Another concern about using the public computer clusters is logging off each time you leave the computer. By doing so, you can protect yourself from someone who may use the computer to look up inappropriate content, send inappropriate messages, or spread virus-infected items under your account. The network on campus is reliable and safe. The maintenance done on the computer network rarely makes it inaccessible for extended periods of time. The wireless network on campus is very accommodating and provides almost entirely uninterrupted service to users even when it is managing heavy computer traffic. Bringing a laptop to campus is highly recommended because it provides excellent versatility, and wireless Internet can be accessed in almost all classrooms.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most public places, excluding some dorm rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Students are given $16 on their MaineCard, and additional funds may be added to a student's campus funds for printing in computer clusters. Classroom labs are free to print in.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software can be purchased through the Computer Connection store in Memorial Union.
Did You Know?
  • If a student has selected a teacher certification, or is seeking a field in the College of Education and Human Development, they must have a laptop, preferably an Apple MacBook. If students purchase their MacBook through the University, a three-year Apple Care Plan is included on the system.
  • The Memorial Union basement computer cluster provides students with both PC and Mac options to work on.
  • Audio-Visual Services in Shibles Hall provides notebook computers and other equipment for free on a short-term basis for classes, projects, and research purposes.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 110 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 79 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 20% 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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