There are two computer labs for general use (one in Olin and one in Serra), and two for use by certain classes (both in Serra). None of the labs ever seem to get very crowded because almost everyone has their own laptop, and the majority of people either has a printer or can use a friend’s printer. There are also computers available for use in the library, which are more popular, especially during the day. Some students choose to bring their laptops to class to take notes, but not all professors allow it. Tech support is very friendly when you call with a problem, but sometimes they have trouble helping you over the phone. They send out campus-wide emails about network updates and when the network will be down. Students normally aren’t affected by the Internet going down for scheduled maintenance because ITS (Information Technology Services) normally schedules updates at times when not many people are using the Internet in the area they’re updating the network (e.g., like 10 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion). The network can be spotty in the dorms, so knowing how to do some basic troubleshooting is useful.
The whole school is pretty dependent on technology. After you pay your tuition deposit as an incoming freshman, you gain access to the MySanDiego portal and a USD email account. Registering for classes and requesting transcripts are currently done through the portal, and the University is making updates so that declaring a major, petitioning to graduate, and transferring credit can be done online, too. Email is the most popular form of communication on campus: between members of clubs, entire classes, and from professors to students. If you don’t check your email daily before coming to USD, you’ll learn to.