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4 College Junior

Technology: The entire campus has reliable and quick wifi. The IT help desk is always on the job and ready to help. The computer labs are spaced out but there is almost always an open computer somewhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are plenty of places to print of campus as well as computer labs. However all of the computers aren't the same quality. The wireless is not very good, the internet tends to be slow around campus.

4 College Junior

Technology: The computers are there for students to use for schoolwork. They may be subpar for design students who need computer resources for rendering, but for the average student, they do the job.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The internet is very unreliable, it often times will go offline, and I've never really seen many open computers or labs on campus.

3 College Junior

Technology: Internet sucks in some places


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USF provides fast Internet service for all students and faculty on campus. The network is functional and has very few firewalls, which makes browsing the Web for sources when working on a paper much easier. Residence hall rooms are also equipped with one active Ethernet jack per person (with the exception of Phelan, which has one jack per room). Information Technology Services (ITS), the on-campus computer and network service, does not provide Ethernet cords, but the Office of Residence Life provides them on a first-come, first-served basis. Most students choose to bring their own computers to school, both because it’s far more convenient and portable, but also because it makes it easy to avoid fighting for a desktop computer in one of the labs on campus.

ITS has a help desk, and they are always happy to help students with any questions or problems that might arise. They provide support in person, over the phone, and via email. They also maintain the computer labs and USFconnect, an online source for email, employment resources, registration, grades, University announcements, campus news, and event information. It’s a good idea to check your school email regularly or forward your USF email to a personal email account if you check it more frequently. Most professors, clubs, and departments make use of USFconnect, so it’s important to check it as often as possible. It’s a good way to stay up-to-date on campus life.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Almost every building on campus has great wireless access, and the school website offers a list of maps showing the level of coverage in a given building.
24-Hour Labs?
UC Parina lab, Lone Mountain Rossi Wing lab
Charged to Print?
Grayscale printing costs 6 cents per page, while color costs 30 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Academically discounted software is available through USF, with programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, even DVD converter software available to students at lower prices. There are also a few vendors, like Dell and HP, with whom USF has negotiated discounts for students and faculty. Lenovo and Apple are the campus computing standards, and those vendors offer discounts, as well.
Did You Know?
  • All computers on campus are replaced every three years so that the equipment is up-to-date and in excellent shape.
  • While much of the administration uses Macs, the computer labs are dominated by PCs. Only two of the six labs run Mac OS at all.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 131 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 98 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 27% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 66% 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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