2. MITThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the best known technical colleges around. It has its own operating system (a unix based desktop interface called Athena) and the campus is completely wireless, with over 3000 wireless access points. The university's OpenCourseWare system provides course materials on the Web, free of charge, to any user in the world. Over 80 percent of MIT's faculty participates, and over 1,400 courses are available on the system. MIT is known for letting their students have free reign over "teching out" their dorms - which has resulted in an emergency pizza button (push for a Dominoes deliver) as well as many other amazing additions. Cost is approximately $34k per year.
The University of Illinois has some very big entrepreneurial names among its alumni. The school feels that the environment - one where calculated risk taking is encouraged and rewarded - plays a big role in this. The University is the birthplace of the first web browser and the first parallel supercomputer. Some of the highlights of the program:
- On campus Apple and Dell stores, with student discounts.
- Extensive wireless connectivity.
- Video games and consoles for rent int he library
- 600MB of free online storage space
Tuition for the University is approximately $7000 per year in-state and just over $21,000 per year out of state.
Michigan Technological University is a small school in the town of Houghton, MI. With approximately 5500 students, the program places a large value on student involvement. There is also a big emphasis on real world education. One example of this is the University's Blue Marble program - students form corporations, which are structured to mimic corporations in the real world. The corporations then receive grants from companies in order to solve real world problems.
The campus has made a lot of investments recently in technology including wireless networking, smart white boards, podcast lectures and 24 hour secure access to computer labs.
Cost per year is approximately $7500 per year in-state and just under $19,000 per year out of state.
USC is on the cutting edge of technology availability for students. The school has one of the fastest supercomputers, which students can schedule research time on and access from ports all over the campus. They also offer hundereds of wireless access points, and hundreds of classrooms are set up with webcams and microphones. There is an onlince course management system, called Blackboard, that allows professors to post lectures and review notes online.
All that cool technology comes at a price - the annual tuition is approximately $34,000.
Located in CT, Quinnipiac is a wired university, with a majority of classes requiring online communications through their own Blackboard system. All incoming students are required to purchase a laptop, and the university checks the freshman students laptop configuration to make sure it will work with their wired campus. Students are also able to stay connected via a Windows Mobile PDA. The university recently partnered with Rave Wireless to allow students access to things like academic info, shuttle-bus locations, class and group messages, and text messages.
Tuition is just over $25,000 per year.
The University of Oklahoma offers a user-friendly communication and learning platform called Desire2Learn, which allows for online access to lectures and notes, and also facilitates discussions with chat systems that connect the students with the professors. The University also offers students their own Sooner Account, which allows them to stay in contact with each other and includes a bunch of services, with access to research, the ability to legally download movies and music, 1 GB of online storage space per student, and free web space. They also offer the students access to thousands of Dell computers through lots of wireless access points in the university.
Tuition is $3000 per year in-state and $11,000 per year out of state.