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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Technology is always available for students to use.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: It depends on what you need. I know a lot of students don't really use the computer too much. Where as some art students need it for everything. There need to be a bit more provided for the students who need computers for their college career.

5 College Freshman

Technology: The primary computer labs are in the main library and there are plenty of computers available to the student population - the only time they seem to run out of space is when it is finals week. It is possible to print on campus and use your RamBucks for the paper cost. The network reliability is great even though sometimes the wi-fi fluctuates in housing areas. The speed is fine and you can pick up a wireless signal almost anywhere on campus. You will still need a personal computer and printer, especially if you prefer working alone, have a lot of big projects, need privacy, and do not want to spend money on printing.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The computers are good, but the wi-fi can be buggy

4 College Junior

Technology: There are many computer labs located around campus as well as the ones located in the library. Also, the wireless internet is great except for when it decides to crash.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Residence halls and most buildings on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Single-sided black and white - 8 cents, Two-sided black and white - 12 cents, Single page color - 50 cents
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
MS Office
Did You Know?
Live in a dorm? Don't worry about hauling your computer out. VCU's service ResNet will come to the dorms to assess computer problems.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 284 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 187 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 12% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 80% 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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