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5 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own computer and printer. It was just easier that way. However, when I first moved on campus, I had to use the computer lab for printing. it was very nice. I did not encounter any problems

3 College Freshman

Technology: I have a laptop and rarely use the school technology in any way, and you get free printing in the honor's lounge, but the network can be shaky at times, especially around Commons during free hour

3 College Freshman

Technology: During busy times, it can be hard to find a computer in the library, but there are other computer labs. Printing is fairly reasonable unless you have to print a lot, in which case it can be annoying. The network works pretty well though, and the wireless hasn't given me any problems.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Everyone needs a personal computer there but the network is generally fast and reliable

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wifi stinks, but it's often pretty busy. Wired works better.


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Although most students have their own computers, many use the campus machines to do projects, use expensive software, or write a paper, and finding a computer on campus is rarely a problem. There are more than 20 computer labs that are rarely overcrowded, and The Commons has three laptops that are always on and connected to the Internet for anyone to use during the day. When finals and midterms roll around, the computers in the library and the 24-hour lab tend to fill up, but you can still find an available computer. Most labs are also classrooms that professors and student groups can schedule in advance, and if there is not a class in session (the schedules are posted outside each lab), it is available for anyone to use. Most UMBC computers have a dual-boot system, and students can choose to either use Linux or Windows XP. Macintosh computers are also available on campus, and Microsoft Office Suite, web software, and other department-specific programs are found in all labs.

Aside from the wide availability of computer labs, technical support is available from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The technical support workers are always attentive and glad to help whenever any problems occur. The few times they cannot help are when the system overloads during midterm or final times. But, in general, when it comes to computers at UMBC, there is always technical support available, and the large quantity of labs around campus make it possible for all students to access a necessary machine or software program whenever needed.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Albin O. Kuhn Library, all dorms and classrooms, The Commons, dining hall, judicial services, and the Interfaith Center.
24-Hour Labs?
Engineering Room 021
Charged to Print?
10 cents per page for black and white; 75 cents per color page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
UMBC has a large number of special discounts with software vendors on products that include Adobe products, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, SAS, and SPSS. The campus site licenses are available through by logging in with your student account. The UMBC bookstore also offers a wide range of discounts for both PCs and Macs.
Did You Know?
  • UMBC was named one of the Top 25 wireless schools by Intel.
  • The University provides about 500 modems that serve the Baltimore/Washington region.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 141 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 122 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 29% 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.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.


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