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5 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of labs in academic buildings, the gym, the library, and the arts buildings. The wireless network is usually reliable although sometimes makes you reconnect when you reopen your computer for no apparent reason. It is also relatively fast, and I've never had an issue registering for classes on my laptop.

4 College Student

Technology: There are campus computers but everyone brings their own computer. WE get 400 free printing pages per year which is more than enough. Urwin is our wireless network, and boy is it a struggle. 90% of the time it works and the other 10 are the most frustrating thing ever it always disconnects for no reason but they are getting a new system this summer so hopefully this will be solved. When it work wireless is free and available everywhere on campus and tech support is great and will help you with anything for free.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Having a computer is very helpful, although there is no shortage of computer labs on campus. The wireless network is very abundant and available almost everywhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers and printers on campus are all great. The school provides printing credits to print in black and white or color at the public printers. The wifi network is fast, but not reliable as it sometimes kicks you off for no reason. Many, if not all students here, have had a problem with the internet access.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Always free computers and lots of printers and print credit. It is very nice to have your own laptop though. Wifi everywhere too.

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Computers and the Internet are incorporated in just about every class at UR. Teachers correspond with students via e-mail, and assignments and announcements are posted on a Web site called Blackboard. Each student is allotted a certain amount of Web space to host their own Web site. Class registration also is done online. It is often very difficult to find an open computer in the library when you need one—it seems as though everyone does their work at the same time. Since there is only one 24-hour lab on campus (the other labs close at 1 a.m.), people camp out there for days during exam week.

The University is trying its best to increase the number and availability of computers, but the demand is simply overwhelming. It is strongly recommended that you bring your own computer to UR, or else try to convince your roommate to let you use his. Information Services and the computer Help Desk are very helpful and can usually fix any viruses or other problems that you might have with your PC. So, if you can afford it, bring your own computer.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Boatwright Memorial Library
Charged to Print?
Full-time students recieve 400 free “print units” each semester (part-time students recieve 200 print units). Additional units are $2 for 25 copies. Black-and-white printing is 1 unit per page, and color is 10 print units.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts

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Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 59 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 34 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 32% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 62% 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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