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3 College Sophomore

Technology: everyone I know has their own laptop. computers are just there for convinence

4 College Freshman

Technology: It's helpful to have a laptop in some classes as some professors talk really fast during their powerpoint elaborations. In other classes, though, you won't need a laptop at all. It varies by the professor for sure, but I would say it's better to have one just in case. Wifi is great/fast. There are always open computers in the library or other places on campus. Printing is free in a few places (nobody really knows about them ((third floor SLP))).

3 College Sophomore

Technology: computer lab very nice nut more convenient to have your own

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The cost of printing is very high.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Printing is probably our biggest problem. Can get way too expensive, especially for science majors who have to turn in 20 page report each week. Wireless is spotty sometimes in certain places although they're working on making it better.


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There are two computer labs for general use (one in Olin and one in Serra), and two for use by certain classes (both in Serra). None of the labs ever seem to get very crowded because almost everyone has their own laptop, and the majority of people either has a printer or can use a friend’s printer. There are also computers available for use in the library, which are more popular, especially during the day. Some students choose to bring their laptops to class to take notes, but not all professors allow it. Tech support is very friendly when you call with a problem, but sometimes they have trouble helping you over the phone. They send out campus-wide emails about network updates and when the network will be down. Students normally aren’t affected by the Internet going down for scheduled maintenance because ITS (Information Technology Services) normally schedules updates at times when not many people are using the Internet in the area they’re updating the network (e.g., like 10 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion). The network can be spotty in the dorms, so knowing how to do some basic troubleshooting is useful.

The whole school is pretty dependent on technology. After you pay your tuition deposit as an incoming freshman, you gain access to the MySanDiego portal and a USD email account. Registering for classes and requesting transcripts are currently done through the portal, and the University is making updates so that declaring a major, petitioning to graduate, and transferring credit can be done online, too. Email is the most popular form of communication on campus: between members of clubs, entire classes, and from professors to students. If you don’t check your email daily before coming to USD, you’ll learn to.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Campus-wide, including all residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Six cents for black and white, 35 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The USD Bookstore offers discounts on Apple products.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 156 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 116 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 31% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 63% 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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