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4 College Junior

Technology: The computer labs are pretty good, they are slow to start up but tend to work well once you are on. The only problem is sometimes the internet will cut out, on lab computers and personal labtops/cell phones for a couple hours and it is impossible to access the net

3 College Junior

Technology: Bring a laptop if you want to get something done quickly! But there are also multiple labs on campus and in the library! :)

2 College Student

Technology: There are some computers in the library but don't count on getting one if it is during finals week. The Wifi is so-so, meaning that sometimes you will take 10 minutes to get a connection but once you have it you're good.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers is any lab are great but when dealign with your personal computer the wifi is not easy to connect to. Could be better.

3 College Student

Technology: Computers are available but networks are weak.


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Computers are an essential part of college life, and the vast majority of students have their own, many of which come from Ram Computers, the computer store in the Memorial Union. There are also computers and labs all over campus that are almost always in use. Students using computers on campus may be doing anything from writing a paper to checking a fantasy sports team. Many students here use the campus computer labs just to browse the Internet and kill time between classes. However, students being productive can also be found in the computer lab e-mailing a professor or finishing up an assignment.

Some students carry laptops around campus with them wherever they go. Many students will be seen on their laptops upstairs in the library or any academic building. It is not essential to bring a laptop to class with you, but some people like to do all of their work on their own computer. Plus, the University often interacts with students via the Internet. Students receive URI newsletters through e-mail, manage their courses on e-campus, and even do some coursework online, as well.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All academic buildings, residence halls, the library, Memorial Union, and the Ryan Center
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
9 cents for black and white and 75 cents for color in library. Free everywhere else
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
The HELIN catalog, an online library for URI that allows students to search the Kingston Library and all other university libraries in Rhode Island, has been updated with more information to help students in their research.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 169 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 111 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 14% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 79% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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