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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers were very high quality, usually available during certain times of the day, printing was efficient.

3 College Junior

Technology: There are a lot of computers that are available on campus. Excluding the library computer labs, some departments have their own computer labs and will rent laptops to you. Most professors do not allow or make special provisions for laptops since they are considered as a distraction in most classes. So they're isn't a need to lug one around campus--if you want to check your email or something, you can use the computer labs.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: The network is phenomenally fast and the free data plan is all you need. Computer availability is great, but I can't imagine not having your own laptop because there is so much work to be done you sometimes need to work in your own dorm.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Although students don't get free laptops, there are so many computer labs it almost isn't necessary. Printing can be pretty expensive though so be aware of that. There is wireless throughout campus and even a bit outside the boundaries, and the internet is extremely fast (70-300 Mbps). I suspect it will get even faster when Google Fiber arrives in a few months and AT&T also offer internet up to 1 gig in Austin.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Printing is always a pain, but there a decent amount of computers. Because of the high volume of students it is often difficult to get access to the computers. It is pretty important that you have your own.

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Though the University of Texas is well equipped with lots of computer labs and many computers (both PCs and Macs), the number of students far outnumbers the number of computers. It really is best to bring your own computer if you are able to do so. But if you are not, there is usually a computer available in one of the many labs on campus. Some of the largest labs are  in FAC 212 with 173 computers, the CBA with 245, and the PCL with 71 computers. The overall student consensus is that bringing your own computer is a great idea, and it is even better if you can bring a laptop. However, one thing you have to think about is that one of the great things about dorms is the networks and the availability of tons of music to download (not that I would ever “steal” or condone “stealing music”). If you have a laptop, you only have so much storage space, and this is where a desktop comes in handy. However, with CD burners, tons of storage space is really unnecessary.

There is a wireless network available in most buildings on campus, so if you have a laptop you can be connected to the Internet even while you are in class. If you are in the business school, they will allow you to check out laptops and other equipment such as projectors, using your student ID. The Campus Computer Store, located in the FAC building next to the main tower, will allow students to purchase many types of software at very discounted prices, and this is very well worth checking out.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most campus buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Area 101 (Monday–Thursday only)
Charged to Print?
11 cents/page for black and white; 80 cents/page for color. Prints can be charged on your Bevo Bucks card.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Design Premium CS4, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Works, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Flash, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Vista, Quicken, Windows XP
Did You Know?
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Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 472 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 297 responses

  • 5% 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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