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4 College Junior

Technology: The internet is good quality.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computer labs on campus that are open 24/7. There is never a lack of open spaces and students are able to rent laptops for hours at a time. Printers can be found all over campus and the wireless internet is very reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Almost everyone owns a laptop. There are computers available in the computer labs, but they're not always available. USC Wifi is almost always good, but sometimes it'll be super slow. Get and ethernet cable.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Always get what I need.

3 College Freshman

Technology: You need your own computer. Simple as that.


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Computer labs are very accessible and located all over campus. USC consistently gets the newest and fastest computers on the market, and each year, there is always something new to the computer scene. The labs at Leavey Library are always packed in the weeks leading up to midterms and finals, but the lab in King Hall is usually more accessible at peak times. The computer labs are good if you wish to print high-resolution or very large documents and want to save ink and money for your own printer.

However, computer labs come second when compared to your own laptop. It is strongly suggested you bring your own laptop because not only can you use it for taking notes, but you can stay connected through the USC Wireless Network, which is available everywhere on campus, albeit a bit slow in certain places. Each dorm room comes with an Ethernet jack, so you will never be without access to the Internet at any point on campus. Plus, bringing your own laptop will allow you to get just as much work done as if you were in a computer lab. Put simply, you will only benefit from bringing your own laptop to school with you.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Leavey Library, Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (Monday-Thursday)
Charged to Print?
12 cents for black and white, 50 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Contribute, Adobe Design, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Master Collection, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Production Premium, Adobe Soundbooth, Adobe Web Premium, Cosmos, EQS, FrameMaker, Gauss, IMSL, Intercooled Stata, Mac OS X Leopard, Make Finale, Mathematica, MatLab, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Expression Web, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Onenote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Project Pro, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Visual Studio, SAS, Scholar PAC for SunOS, Splus, SPSS, Stata, Windows Vista

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 294 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 184 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 78% 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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