Computers and Technology
Will I need my own computer?
Yes, Miami strongly recommends that each student have a personally-owned computer in order to take advantage of the extensive technology resources that Miami provides.
Are there specific computer requirements or recommendations?
A laptop computer is recommended unless you have specific needs better served by a desktop computer.
If you are purchasing a new computer, Miami recommends purchasing a laptop through the Miami Notebook program. Miami Notebooks are typically priced several hundred dollars less than if purchased directly from the vendor; they come with the software necessary to connect to Miami's network pre-installed and are supported by vendor and on-site services to maximize your up-time. The models for Fall 2013 will be announced in the spring timeframe and information will be sent to all incoming students prior to Orientation in June.
Some academic programs have specific computer requirements/recommendations. Please check academic recommendations for details or ask an academic adviser in your major.
If you are bringing a computer you already own or have special needs not addressed through the Miami Notebook program, you'll want to make sure the computer you bring meets or exceeds the Miami's recommended system specifications.
Is special student pricing offered for computers and peripheral equipment?
Yes. In addition to excellent pricing available for laptop computers purchased through the Miami Notebook program, the Miami University Bookstore provides educational pricing and/or special contract pricing for peripherals and software.
What software will I need?
Miami requires Windows users to have virus and spyware protection software and provides this software to students free of charge. The software comes pre-installed on Miami Notebooks or can be accessed from Software Downloads.
You are encouraged to have software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The software supported on campus is Microsoft Office. Miami has an agreement with Microsoft that allows students registered for classes to purchase Microsoft Office at a significantly reduced price. For current information, see Microsoft Agreement.
Sometimes, academic programs also have specific recommendations for additional software applications. Ask the academic adviser in your major about any requirements that program may have.
What kind of computing services are available at Miami?
Miami provides an Ethernet connection for each student in residence halls; wireless service; high-speed Internet access; an email account; network disk space for personal and academic files; use of Miami's Blackboard course management system; and many other online services. Off-campus students living in the Oxford Time Warner Cable service area can take advantage of low-cost Road Runner service.
The Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library offers a variety of specialized software and multimedia equipment, including video editing and podcasting, as well as Mac and PC computers, scanners, digital video cameras, and more. Many divisions and departments also have computer labs to support discipline-specific computing needs.
Is there wireless network coverage on Miami's campus?
Yes. Wireless access is available in all buildings on all campuses as well as many outdoor areas.
What other technical support is available?
IT Support Services provides technology assistance to all students, faculty, and staff. Help is available every day by email or phone at 513-529-7900. Walk-in assistance is also available on weekdays at 103 Robertson Hall.
You can find answers online anytime in IT Help's Answers Online, a web-based collection of answers to common technology questions and problems.
Do I need my own printer? Is there a charge for printing services on campus?
You are strongly encouraged to bring your own printer, and an inkjet (rather than a laser) printer is recommended. "Pay for Print" printing services are available to all students in computer labs and in the libraries. The IT Services Print Center in Gaskill Hall also provides color and high-volume black and white printing services at competitive prices.
Does Miami allow peer-to-peer file sharing?
No, Miami does not allow use of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing applications due to the virus activity on ports used by P2P applications. In addition to virus activity, P2P file sharing introduces legal issues involving intellectual property rights and possible litigation against students who traffic in copyrighted music and movies.
Where can I find more information about computers and technology at Miami?
The Technology Guide provides answers to more technology-related questions about academic and campus life at Miami, including links to campus technology resources.