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4 College Student

Technology: Everything is great except for the Wifi in the dorms. Dorm wifi is atrocious.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are in good condition, but take a long time to load. I wish the campus could make printing more available, though.

2 College Freshman

Technology: Always hard to find working printers and the wifi is slow.

2 College Junior

Technology: The wireless can be jammed up from time to time from excessive use of the system, but the computer labs are a nice added feature.

4 College Student

Technology: The computer on campus is practically new. They always are available whenever a student needs it. The printer is always broken. That is the only downside. All students are supplied access to any computer in campus which is great.


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Computers are just a part of everyday modernism that has spilled over into college life. VU is no exception to this rule. Each dorm room has a space for two desktop computers to be plugged into the network. The majority of students bring lap tops that rely on wireless Internet, though. Not that you need to bring a computer to survive on this campus, but most students bring their own simply because it is more convenient.

There are plenty of computers and computer labs on campus, considering that each dorm maintains a lab of its own. You won’t find any problems getting a computer, except of course during finals week when everyone on campus is working on finals projects and papers. The only downside to the individual labs in the dorms is that the computers are usually about two to three years older than the one sitting on the desk in your room. Some of them are in desperate need of updates, but the new ones in the library and Union are great to use.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in the Christopher Center, dorms, and in most academic buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Union and residence halls
Charged to Print?
Students are alloted 300 pages per semester but can have additions made by professors. If they exceed the allotted amount, they must pay for extra pages ($5 per 100 pages)
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • Like to waste paper? The infamous orientation story about what not to print includes the entire script for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Try to avoid printing scripts for movies that you already know by heart.
  • If you are in the Union's 24-hour computer lab after 2 a.m. when the Student Escort Service stops, you can call VUPD for a ride back to your dorm.
  • No more lines! Valpo has adopted online registration for classes so you don't have to wait in the throngs of students at the Registrar's Office-you don't even have to be wearing pants when you register for classes.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 75 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 75 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 47% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 49% 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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