Computers

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
2,466
Tuition
$43,502
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Though bringing your own printer is probably a good idea (you can always count on the printers not working on that one day that you need to print your thesis paper due in 10 mins), overall the computers on campus are pretty great. Especially in the Diana Center.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: I've broken my laptop before and been able to use lab computers without a problem. Most students have computers and are given anti-virus software to protect them. Lab computers are generally reliable though. Printers are not as reliable, they are almost constantly broken, but I've never gone over my print quota.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wi-Fi is available pretty much everywhere, but connection isn't always the greatest, especially in the dead of night when everyone's using the internet.

Printing has been a bit annoying. Printers are often down, but there are generally enough that there's no need to bring your own. The printing quota has treated me well.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs everywhere, even one in the basement of the dorms, so you could just head on down in your PJs and do work or print something out. The printing quota is decent as well. I believe its a 120 pages a weak. The tech support is wonderful at Barnard/Columbia and will walk you through any problem.

4 College Junior

Computers: You have wireless everywhere on campus and it's pretty reliable. The printers, however, are a hit or miss. Someone from IT usually fixes jam, but it can be hassle when you need something urgent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 219th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 712nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 791st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 920th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Hometown
Ft. Worth, Texas
Major
Psychology
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Personal computers at Barnard are close to essential. Yes, there are plenty of computer labs and printers, but due to the volume of students using them, not just Barnard students, but all Columbia University students, they tend to be crowded and often not working. Another hassle is the NINJa printing system, which limits students to 100 pages of printing per week in the computer labs. To Barnard's credit, nothing in the computer labs stays broken very long, but it is a very common occurrence for printers to be out of commission. On the plus side, the network provided for students is very fast and reliable. There are enough Internet connections to accommodate two people in most rooms, and there are also Internet connections in the labs for people who bring their laptops.

Having said that, it is possible for a student to get along without her own personal computer. Really, if you have the patience of a saint and don't mind hanging around the computer lab, then go for it. However, if the idea of sitting around watching some girl play solitaire when you need to write a paper makes you want to scream, you should probably look into purchasing your own computer. The case at Barnard is that most people have their own computer and use the computer labs mostly to check email and do work between classes or simply to print. While it is suggested that students bring their own computer, those that do not won't suffer here.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All residential buildings on campus, Diana Center, Lehman Hall, Barnard Hall, Milbank Hall
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Brooks, Sulzberger, Plimpton, and 616
Charged to Print?
No
Students receive 100 free black-and-white pages per week.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Symantec Endpoint Protection, Novell login client, Adobe Creative Suite 6, SPSS, Mathematica, EndNote, ArcGIS
Did You Know?
  • There are a few computers in upper-level Mac to surf on for a few minutes between classes.
  • If students connect their personal dorm computers to the campus network, they can actually print materials on the campus lab printers directly from their rooms. Students submit their print jobs and then must confirm them within

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 16 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 21 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 62% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 38% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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