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3 College Senior

Technology: Some of the class rooms don't have internet access which can hinder the learning environment. There should be better reception and wi-fi capabilities

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Virginia Tech is one the leaders in providing computers and internet access to its students. There is wireless almost everywhere on campus and enough computer labs in the libraries and academic buildings for all students.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wireless access in the dorms would be very helpuul

5 College Sophomore

Technology: All the campus computers are of high quality. The wireless is fast and reliable. The tech support on campus is free and helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: We have numerous computer labs that are available to us anytime of the day.

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Students are required to bring a computer with them to Virginia Tech, so every student has one. For those times when you need to get out of your dorm room to study, your computer crashes, or you need to do group work, there are many computer labs available around campus. The main computer lab used by Tech students is the Math Emporium, located off campus at the end of a strip mall. It has around 500 computers, provides computer and math tutors during the day, and is open 24 hours every day. For more sophisticated programs, however, students must go to other labs around campus. The Emporium never fills up, but it can get crowded and a little noisy during exam weeks. Labs on campus tend to be small (about 20 available computers) and fill up quickly. Most labs only offer Macs, but a few labs have PCs. No matter where you go, though, expect to pay to print. Virginia Tech doesn’t have Internet firewalls that block file-sharing, but the University does urge students to be aware of copyright laws when using programs like KaZaA, Morpheus, and eMule.

Virginia Tech’s coolest feature is the availability of wireless Internet on 90 percent of its campus. Currently wireless and Ethernet are both free to students and easy to access from almost anywhere on campus, from the study lounges to the classrooms, from the student centers to the gyms. Coffee shops downtown and around Blacksburg are following the wireless trend and provide free wireless Internet to their customers. Whether it’s taking notes in class or surfing the Web between classes, many students choose to keep their computer close by their side wherever they go.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available on about 90 percent of campus
24-Hour Labs?
The Math Emporium
Charged to Print?
10 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through the Software Distribution Office at
Did You Know?
  • Wireless Internet is available on 85 90 percent of the campus. You can even use it in all of the gyms.
  • In November 2003, Virginia Tech built the world's third-fastest super-computer using 1,100 G5 PowerMacs. The computer has been dismantled and will be upgraded with 1,100 G5 Xserves.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 275 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 179 responses

  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 9% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 88% 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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