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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Library computers fill up quickly and printing is not free. Bring your own printer.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing costs 5 cents per page. The Wifi is usually reliable.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Technology: I have had no issues with computers since being here

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4 College Junior

Technology: There are computers to use in most academic buildings, but most people bring their own, but they are not needed in class. I always use a notebook instead although some people choose to use a laptop.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The wifi is pretty good inside any building. The computers and printers in the library are generally accessible.

1 person found this useful Report

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There are lots of computers available around campus, especially in the Learning Commons located at the library. The library is filled with desktops where you can find students working or just dropping in to print their papers. Laptops are also available. There will frequently be short lines of students waiting to gain access to a computer, but if you don't feel like waiting, there are other computers all over campus. There are stations in many buildings where you can stop to check e-mail or Facebook between classes. Each academic department also has its own set of labs that tend to be much less crowded than the library. As long as you inform yourself of computer availability, you will have no problem with computer access until finals week. Laptops are not required for classes, but online homework is commonly assigned, so it is highly advisable that you bring your own computer. If you don't, you will most likely regret it while walking to the library in the freezing weather just to do the online homework you've been putting off. The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) is occasionally understaffed (and often recommends new students to join their team). A prominent issue at the beginning of each semester is when all students are trying to get squared away at the same time. UMass has recently updated Internet access around campus, and now it runs smoother than in the past.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in all academic and administrative buildings on campus
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Black and white is 5 cents per page. Students are given 100 free prints per semster.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can get discounts on Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office for Mac, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Project Professional, Microsoft SharePoint Designer, Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium, Microsoft Visio Professional, Microsoft Visual Studio Professional, and Windows. There are also several software programs that students can download for free, including anti-virus programs.
Did You Know?
  • Course registration and most other administrative matters can be handled online through a program called "SPIRE" on the UMass website.
  • If you have reliable access to a computer with Internet access, you can take many of your courses online and never change out of your pajamas!
  • UMass students are charged an OIT Residential Services Fee, which is $102 per semester. This covers all telephone and computer networking services, such as use of the labs and Internet access availability in your dorm room.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 290 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 213 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 18% 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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