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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Nothing I can find to complain about in regards to our computers and internet connection.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: UMD has so many computer labs around campus! A lot of work is done online so it is necessary to either bring your own computer or use theirs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Its a huge campus so not everyone gets access to a computer but it does its job

3 College Junior

Technology: I bring my own at all times but when I do use the schools own it seems fairly okay, some needs to be updated like in the math building but otherwise it is fine.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are labs across campus, but they can get pretty full around midterms and finals.


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Not surprisingly, like at most schools, computers and the Internet are big at Maryland. “Always be connected” is a lifestyle that many Terps stick with, primarily because of the convenience and the productivity that comes with having a computer. The labs on campus offer students the opportunity to briefly check email or Facebook, or just surf the Internet. While the labs provide the technology and space to work on a research paper or a project, most students suggest having a computer in the comfort of your own room. 

If it is affordable, get your own computer. Furthermore, get a laptop if you can, as laptops are more efficient for taking class notes by transcribing information directly to a computer. In addition, a laptop is portable and useful for group projects and papers, instead of having to wait for classes to let out so you can use the comptuer lab.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Martin Hall 0310; AV Williams Building, Room 1120; Parking Garage II, Room 0504; Worcester Hall, Room 0111
Charged to Print?
Printing is 10 cents a page or 50 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The Academic Computers for Terps website offers students discounts on Apple and Dell computers. The Office of Information Technology also offers discounts, specifically free licenses to commercial software like McAfee VirusScan Virus Protection and Webdrive File Sharing Software.
Did You Know?
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, graduated from Maryland in 1993. In 2003, he donated the Google search appliance for use on the University of Maryland's website.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 386 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 270 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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