Computers

Location
Albion, MI
Undergrads
1,353
Tuition
$34,194
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a large number of computers available to students in the residence halls, library, and in other buildings on campus. The wireless network is unreliable and slow. I have more problems when I use the internet for entertainment purposes rather than when I am doing homework and research.

1 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet at Albion is close to awful. Some of the worst connection you'll find at a school. Near impossible to get anything done because everyone is on.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: A lot of people complain about the wifi but it's really not bad at all. There's only one 24 hour computer lab, but since nearly everyone has their own laptop it's not really a big deal. More printer access would be nice.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computers in the library, there is always one available. However, majority of students have their own computer. There are computer labs in many of the dorms, as well as computer labs around campus. The school computers are never down, but there are the occasional times when the wifi will be knocked out on devices or laptops. I wouldn't say the speed is too slow. As for printing, every semester of attendance Albion gives you, I believe, $15 of printing credits which is more than enough. I have never heard of anyone needed to add money to their printing credit account. It costs 5 cents to print and the printers will print double sided and in colour as well. As for a printer, they are not needed at Albion. There are enough computer labs that having your own printer is a waste.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are up to date and have the latest software. Printing from these computers is hassle-free. Wireless internet sometimes crashes but boots up shortly after.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 263rd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 796th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1039th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1186th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Hindenach
Hometown
Washington, DC
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Albion has been named one of the "Most Wired" schools in the United States for good reason. Every dorm, building, and classroom has been set up for either a wired or wireless connection. You'll find it easy to connect to the school's network, as computer labs are in almost every building on campus. With so many possibilities available, lab crowding is only a problem when it's close to midterms or finals. Even so, it's well worth the money to have your own computer. It just makes things easier sometimes.

The other great part about Albion technology is the IT staff at the computer help desk, located in Ferguson across from the Ferg computer lab. If you have a problem with your personal laptop or desktop, IT will do whatever it can to try to fix the problem, free of charge. They also offer a great software package that is free to students and full of college necessities, which can be a nice surprise to incoming freshmen.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Ferguson Lab, the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute, and each dorm lab
Charged to Print?
No
Each student is given a print quota—underclassmen get 600 pages per year, and seniors get 700 pages.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
No

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 13 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 67% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 13% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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