It's very important to be connected to the web while on campus as universities move more and more to distributing grades, class material and even full class lectures online. So which university makes it easiest to send an email to your professor while eating lunch in the student union?
The survey for top 50 wireless schools was conducted by Intel and according to their survey Ball State University in Muncie Indiana tops the list. 98% of the top 50 campuses are covered by a wireless network. That's up from 64% in 2004.
While last year many campuses had minimal wireless network deployment, this year's survey reveals that students are more likely to be enjoying the benefits of campus life, unwired. On average, 98 percent of the top 50 campuses are covered by a wireless network, up from 64 percent in 2004, with 74 percent having 100 percent wireless network coverage on campus, up from just 14 percent last year.
Survey findings are based on the percentage of each college campus that is covered by wireless technology, the number of undergraduate students and the computer to student ratio for each school. The study examined schools with student bodies of more than 1,000. Data was gathered through university interviews, review of public documents and additional industry sources; the "America's Most Connected Campuses" ranking conducted by Princeton Review and published in Forbes; and an online survey that schools completed between May 1 and Sept. 1, 2005, which was executed by the Center for Digital Education and Intel Corporation.
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