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4 College Freshman

Technology: You definitely need a laptop on this campus - there are not enough computers to go around! Many of the computer labs (especially in White) are used for classes most of the day, so they are inaccessible. Printing is generally very good, but I would definitely reccommend having your own printer.

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3 College Junior

Technology: There are computers available in a decent amount of campus buildings outside of computer labs, which are macs of god quality and are often open to use.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many places on campus with computer labs and printing. You can also rent laptops for a short time if you need them

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers at school are very good. They have several labs and access is very good.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: ResNet sucks, but there's always an open computer lab.


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While UW offers a plethora of computer labs and Internet access, the majority of students do bring their own computers, and suggest that others do as well. Students find convenience and safety in having a computer in their dorm room. This way, they can do their papers at their leisure, download music, and keep documents in a secure place. The dorms and private halls offer high-speed DSL in each room, along with small computer labs within the building. These smaller labs are nice if your computer is malfunctioning, or your printer runs out of ink and you're on a deadline. Be warned though-these smaller labs will often be crowded, and sometimes charge to print.

For those not able to bring their own computer, UW offers numerous labs spread all over campus. In order to meet the varying schedules of students, some open as early as six in the morning, while others stay open past midnight. All computer labs provide PC and Mac consoles so that students can use the programs they are most familiar and comfortable with. Furthermore, each lab is equipped with word-processing programs, Internet access, and research outlets. Along with these basic programs, the labs also provide printers, scanners, and copiers. For more specific computer hardware or software needs, check out the lab directory to find the right location.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
The UWMadison Wireless Network is available in most campus buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Helen C. White Library lab
Charged to Print?
7 cents per black-and-white page, 60 cents per color page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Acrobat Professional, Adobe CS4 Design, Adobde Design Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, EndNote, Filemaker, Mathematica, MatLab, Minitab, PASW, Parallels, Windows DreamSpark, Quark, Windows Groove, Windows Office, Windows OneNote, Windows Project, Windows Visio, Windows Vista
Did You Know?
  • MyUW is an personalized Web site available to all students. This allows students to check grades, class times, financial aid status, union activities, and much more. Log on at
  • For those needing to get away for the weekend but still wanting to stay on top of schoolwork, UW labs offer the perfect solution. Students are able to rent wireless laptops for up to three days through the various lab locations.
  • UW offers free training sessions for students wanting to learn things like basic computer software programs and Web design. There are also small workshops available for those interested on Photoshop, PowerPoint, and other specific computer programs.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 225 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 142 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 71% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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