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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Laptop grants are part of financial aid and a good percentage of those that apply receive them. If you get your laptop through the school it comes with a good warranty and access to our ITS services, but you can also bring your own. There are also computer labs in the libraries. Printing money (more than you could ever use in a semester) is included in fees and their are printers scattered around campus, including the dorms. Wireless was finally installed everywhere last year and is fairly reliable; I only notice problems in my connection occasionally when Skyping home.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are lots of computer labs and tech support available.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: We get more printing money than we could ever hope to use and computer lab access whenever we need it. There was even a printer in my dorm lobby. Wireless is also reliable and widely available.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Everyone had the opportunity to purchase a campus-supplied and insured laptop. Along with that, UNC has a very qualified IT unit for any issues with your computer.

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4 College Student

Technology: Not a big techie, but accessible when needed.

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Carolina introduced a new initiative in 2001 called Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI). As per this computing initiative, students are required to bring a laptop set up as required by CCI or buy a laptop from the school. Students are all shown how to configure their laptops and make onyens (a glorified username that serves all of the school's servers) for future use. For students having issues with their computing devices, ITS (Information Technology Services) is available free of charge. If a student is having technical issues, all he needs to do is send an email to ITS, and a response will be sent within the hour. If a student's laptop is a CCI laptop, a loaner will be provided while repairs are made. Otherwise, students can make use of the abundant computer labs while their laptops are being serviced. 

Students are able to work in dorms, libraries, classrooms, and around campus through free wireless Internet. Furthermore, UNC has alotted $40 of each student's tuition as printing money. This allows a semester's worth of printing without the inconvenience of owning a printer. Additional money for printing can also be added on a student's access card if necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Campus-wide, including residence halls, classrooms, the student union, cafeterias, quads, and even athletic facilities.
24-Hour Labs?
Undergraduate Library, Student Activities and Services Building, Student Union, Hinton James Residence Hall
Charged to Print?
$40 free per semester, then 10 cents per page.
Did You Know?
  • IBM is the official computer of UNC. Students receive international service from IBM when they're studying abroad.
  • When you purchase an IBM computer through the University, you receive a full four-year warranty, a four-year comprehensive insurance policy, a comprehensive software package, including Microsoft Office, a special lock to keep your computer secure, pre-tested and approved compatibility with the Carolina campus network, built-in wireless connectivity, CD burner and DVD player, service at an on-campus repair center with loaner laptops, and computer support any time of the day and any day of the week.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 208 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 147 responses

  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 9% 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.
  • 15% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.


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