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Kent Campus Computer Labs | Regional Campus Computer Labs | Printing on Campus

Bringing a Computer to Campus

Students work on the second floor of the Student Center, Kent Campus
Hardware Recommendations

We recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a dual-band wireless card (find out more at support.kent.edu/wireless-card) in addition to an extended warranty.

Specific Requirements for Certain Majors

Some colleges have more specific computer and technology requirements. Below are programs with specific requirements at time of publication:

  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Nursing
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Art

Visit www.kent.edu/is/techreqs for information on current requirements.

Don’t see your school or college listed? Check with them before purchasing a new computer.

Need a Computer?

Apple and Dell offer Kent State students discounted pricing.

The Flash Technology Center (certified Apple Store) is located inside the University Bookstore on the first floor of the Kent Student Center. Students who purchase their new Mac in-store will get FREE setup! Contact the center at 330-672-1595, FlashTech@kent.edu, or www.kent.edu/flashtech

The University Bookstore also carries select models of PCs. Visit the store for more information.

Dell computer discounts are available online via Dell.com.

Security Updates and Recommendations

Before bringing a personal computer to campus, we recommended that you:

  • Run operating system updates
  • Enable the built-in operating system firewall
  • Install and run an anti-virus or anti-malware program and perform a full system scan. Download FREE software at software.kent.edu.

Free and Discounted Software

Kent State continually works to keep costs down by negotiating license agreements for various software packages, such as Microsoft Office, Google Apps, anti-virus software, as well as statistical, research, and mathematics software.

A student uses his computer on the Kent Campus
Free Microsoft Office

All active full- and part-time students currently registered for classes at Kent State qualify for FREE Microsoft Office through the Microsoft Student Advantage program.

This student license allows you to install the Microsoft Office suite on up to five devices, including laptops, tablets, and even your smartphone!

Your access to the software will continue as long as you are enrolled with the University.

Follow the instructions at support.kent.edu/office and download your free copy today!

Google Apps

Included with your Kent State email account, students have access to numerous Google Apps as well as unlimited storage in Google Drive.

Learn more about Google Apps

Statistical, Research & Mathematics Software

Kent State manages licenses for a number of research and statistical packages. While SAS, Qualtrics, JMP and NVivo are offered FREE to Kent State students, other titles such as SPSS and AMOS are offered at a discount.

Kent State students enrolled at the Kent, Stark or Ashtabula campuses may qualify for a free copy Wolfram Mathematica.

Get more information and download the software at software.kent.edu.

Anti-virus Protection

Sophos Antivirus is highly recommended for both Windows and Mac, and is FREE to Kent State students. Be sure anti-virus software is installed on your computer to lower your chances of getting a virus!

Get more information and download the software at support.kent.edu/antivirus.

FREE Software Installation Clinics

Free Software Installation Clinics are held each fall. Look for FlashLine messages and posters around campus for details on when and where clinics will be held.

Assistance is also available at the Service and Repair Center.

Residence Halls

Wireless Access

The same secure, high-speed wireless network you connect to around campus is available in all Kent State residence halls.

A student uses her laptop in her residence hall room, Kent Campus

Connecting Gaming and Multimedia Devices

Gaming consoles and multimedia devices (e.g., Xbox, PS4, Roku, Apple TV) must be connected to Kent State’s dedicated wireless Multimedia Devices network.

Instructions to connect your device are available at support.kent.edu/multimediadevices. To register your device on the Multimedia Devices network, visit MultimediaDevices.kent.edu.

Laptops and mobile devices must use Kent State Wireless. See Connecting to Wireless for instructions.

Cable TV Access

Cable television is available to all students in residence halls. All you need is a digital TV and a coaxial cable.

For more details, visit support.kent.edu/cabletv

Is your TV not working? We can help! Digital cable converter boxes are available for rent at the Tri-Towers Service and Repair Center.

Bringing Your Printer to Campus

Remember to bring a USB cable or purchase one at the TechHelp Service and Repair Center. Personal wireless and bluetooth printing are not permitted on the Kent State Wireless network.

See Printing on Campus for information about printing in computer labs.

Security Tip: Using peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software to download copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder(s) is illegal. Find out how to legally access copyrighted materials at security.kent.edu.

Kent Campus Computer Labs

Information Services maintains four public student computer labs that are open to all Kent State students. Each lab offers both Windows and Mac computers.

Students work in the computer lab on the first floor of the Library, Kent Campus
Information Services Computer Labs

150 Library (first floor main area)
222 Kent Student Center
120 Ritchie Hall
038 Moulton Hall

Each computer lab is equipped with:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • FileZilla
  • Acrobat Reader
  • SPSS
  • SAS (Windows only)
  • LockDown Browser (for test taking)
  • and more!

Visit support.kent.edu/labs for hours of operation and additional information.

Walk-up tech support is available at the Library Technology Helpdesk

Library Workstations

The University Library has more than 200 computers available for public use. These computer workstations are located on the first, second, fourth, and sixth through ninth floors.

Academic Computer Labs

There are a number of computer labs maintained by various departments across the Kent Campus. These labs are primarily reserved for students within specific majors; however, some double as public labs and others offer special services available to all Kent State students.

See the Kent Campus Tech Map for more information on special services.

Residence Hall Computer Labs

Residence Services supports four computer labs. These computer labs are only open to students living in the residence halls. Each computer is equipped with Windows and Microsoft Office.

The residence hall computer labs are located in:

  • Verder Hall
  • Tri-Towers
  • Twin Towers
  • Manchester Hall

Security Tip: Always reboot lab computers before and after using them. Be sure to sign out of your email, Flashline, and any other websites you use. Gmail and Flashline don't automatically log out.

Regional Campus Computer Labs

Ashtabula CampusA student studies at the Salem Campus

Main Hall C232
8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fri.

Main Hall Commons

B Wing Second Floor
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Library L112 and Public Lab
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri.

Health and Science Building H202
7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri.

College of Podiatric Medicine

Main Building 211
6:30 a.m. - Midnight, Sun. - Sat.

East Liverpool Campus

Mary Patterson Building 316 and 320

Purinton Hall 104, 107 (Math Emporium), 318, Quiet Study (2nd Floor), Slak Shak (River Level)
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Geauga Campus

Main Building 128, 144, 148, 149, and Library
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.
(Library hours are dependent on staff availability)

Twinsburg Regional Academic Center
Main Building 117, 119, 120 and 124
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Stark Campus

Main Hall E101 and 208
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Fine Arts Building 30 and 34A
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Library First and Second Floors
See www.kent.edu/stark/library for building hours

Science & Nursing Building 001
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Tuscarawas Campus

Founders Hall Academic Learning Commons
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

Founders Hall Cybercafe
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

Salem Campus

Main Building 113, 125, and 141

Smile Lab - Library

City - Center 209
8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri.

Trumbull Campus

Classroom Admin. Building 112, 116, 125, 127, 142

Technology Building 216, 218, 252, 258

Library Lab & Internet Cafe
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.

Many Regional Campus classrooms double as computer labs. Availability may be based on class schedules.

Printing on Campus

Kent Campus Printing

Public printing is available in most computer labs on campus by using your FLASHcard for payment. Find out more about printing at support.kent.edu/print.

Print From Anywhere with FlashPrint!

You can print directly from your personal computer or mobile device to most Kent Campus computer lab printers simply by emailing the document to flashprint@kent.edu or by uploading the document to flashprint.kent.edu.

For more information, visit support.kent.edu/print2lab.

Bringing Your Printer to Campus

Remember to bring a USB cable or purchase one at the TechHelp Service and Repair Center (located in the Tri-Towers Rotunda and the College of Business Administration).

Personal wireless and bluetooth printing are not permitted on the Kent State Wireless network. Learn more about TechHelp services.

Print Two-Sided and Save Some Green!

When printing in a student computer lab, choose “2-sided” in the print dialog box. The second side prints for FREE!

Regional Campus Printing

Public printing is available from both personal and lab computers to printers in select regional campus computer labs, by using your FLASHcard for payment. Check with your local computer lab to see what printing services are available to you. See Regional Campus Computer Labs above for locations.