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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs on campus are very useful and they are open a majority of the time. They're also a lot of printing stations throughout campus that make it easy to quickly print something out that you need. You receive 900 prints for the year which seems to last the whole time. I would recommend getting your own computer, it makes all the work a lot easier.

5 College Freshman

Technology: print stations all over the campus, all you do is swipe your id. You have like 500 free pieces of paper, per semester, you wont use it all. The network is shaky sometimes but good for the most part. I didnt have a laptop for the beginning of first semester so i had to go to the cpu lab for work, when I got a laptop again , my grades fell, so its not nessass

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers at The University of Pittsburgh are mostly readily available, however, the labs do become a bit crowded during finals week. There are also plenty of printers around campus that makes it relatively easy to print anything and pick it up on your way to class. Unfortunately, there is only one printer on campus that is capable of printing in color, which is extremely inconvenient considering the huge student body. I have only had to seek out the color-capable printer once and it was no easy task due to the printer being out of order.

5 College Junior

Technology: There's plenty of computer labs on campus! I have yet to try and use a computer and absolutely all computer labs are full. They are fast and you have access to everything you need academically.

4 College Freshman

Technology: 24/7 computer labs and a 900 page printing quota are the highlights of Pitt's technical abilities. Getting the wireless to work consistently, well, not so much.


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Pitt's high-speed network supports all of the connections on campus, which include every residence hall, seven public computing labs, and e-mail kiosks scattered across campus. Students are happy with both the network speed and the University's support resources. There are trained technicians in every computing lab, one of which is opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the school year. In addition, the Technology Help Desk is continually staffed with technicians to help students work through computer problems. For those who bring their own computers, Pitt's networking assistants (ResNet) can come to your dorm room to directly assist with software troubles.

The University's computing services are expanding every year and are continuing to grow. A wireless network is available in most areas of campus, including dorm common areas, which allows students with laptops more freedom to work where they choose. Despite this growth, the facilities still lag behind some students’ needs. Labs can get very crowded during the day and during finals, and computers and kiosks are known for being slow when there is a high usage. If you're looking for a quiet place to work, be sure to check out the top floors of the Hillman Library, the Sutherland Hall lab, and Alumni Hall—these seem to be the less crowded. It's also common to find people waiting in line to use the lab's PC while the Mac and Linux computers remain open. It's beneficial to try these computers out when you have some time to learn your way around their operating systems to save time in the future.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Resident halls, academic buildings, student union, library
24-Hour Labs?
David Lawrence and Sutherland Hall (Tuesday-Thursday)
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe products, ArcView, Clementine 7.1, EndNote, Mathcad, Mathematica, Minitab, Oracle, SAS Statistical Software, S-Plus, SPSS
Did You Know?
  • You can check out where the wireless network is available, as well as find information about computing labs, Pitt's remote printing program, e-mail kiosks, student software, and residential networking at
  • The Pitt Technology Help Desk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to consult with students, faculty, and staff on computer problems and information services. To contact the help desk, call (412) 624-HELP.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 274 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 202 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 60% 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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