Students coming to VCU know in advance that it makes the most sense to buy and set up their computer before arriving
on campus. The debates over computers between students are usually about desktop vs. laptop and Mac vs. PC. Most
students would say having a laptop allows for greater flexibility, and laptops especially come in handy when working
on group projects in various settings or when you need to work on the road. As far as whether you should get a Mac
or a PC, it truly depends on your major. There are Mac labs available around campus in some of the departments for
students to use, and there are a few Macs in the library.
VCU’s campus, including most academic buildings, the student center, the library, and the dining hall, has wireless network access. All you need to log on is your e-ID and password, which are the same as your e-mail. This creates a secure connection in an urban environment. It is a huge benefit to be able to take your computer to class and look up information or view slides posted online by the professor. Be careful, though, of the distractions that a computer may cause in class. People who use their computers in class may not be just taking notes but surfing the web, chatting online to their friends or writing e-mails. Because of these reasons, some teachers won’t allow the use of laptops in class.