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5 College Freshman

Technology: The computers run smoothly. There are plenty available.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Absolutely need your own computer. It has nothing to do with availability of computer labs but more to do with the excessive amount of computer work necessary. Wifi is usually pretty good. Printing is decent in the res halls but expensive in the libraries.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I brought my own computer, so I didn't use labs much. But wireless was very easy to use, it was nice.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: It has a large number of computer labs with a diverse type of operating systems, open at different times, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing is cheap, though there's not very many places to print on campus. Wifi is okay but a bit spotty. Lots of computers, but in busy times they get taken quickly, so you probably should have your own/a tablet.


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Having a computer is an essential tool for college students. With many classes converting to a paper-free system, students are expected to turn in their homework online. Thus, most students bring their personal computer from home. The University offers student prices on laptops and software, as well. For those who do not have a computer or prefer not to bring one to school, there are plenty of computer labs on campus. All residence halls and apartments have 24/7 computer labs. Most students prefer working on a computer at the library, but it is often too crowded. However, most halls have a study lounge equipped with computers for student use. Writing centers are also dispersed across campus for those who need to work on a lengthy assignment and might need to print it, as well. 

The University of Minnesota has free Wi-Fi for students with a valid U of M username and password. The connection is good, for the most part. However, some parts of the campus or some rooms in a dorm, have a weaker signal than the rest. Thus, it is advised to be in an open area where a computer has a higher chance of accessing a better signal. Students can carry their own Internet access cards for times like these. Many coffee shops and restaurants in the area also offer free Wi-Fi to lure students. The tech support is very helpful and does its best to answer student questions. All in all, the availability of computers is great. Labs are always equipped with updated software that a student might be interested in. The reception and speed are good in most places, except for a few blind spots.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
The U of M has wireless access available to all students. There are certain areas that don't receive the signal (some of the dorm rooms), but for the most part, you can log in with your student ID and number to use the Wi-Fi.
24-Hour Labs?
In dorm computer labs
Charged to Print?
Printing generally costs 10 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The University of Minnesota sells Dell laptops at student prices. The Tech Support in Coffman Union also sells Microsoft office and Mac software packages at student prices of about $100.
Did You Know?
Students must have money loaded on their U Card in order to release a print job.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 313 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 224 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 67% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 2% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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