Beloit, WI
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4 College Junior

Computers: I would bring a computer to college.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless can be troublesome, but hooking your computer up with an Ethernet cable solves it.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The library offers free printing if you do not have access to certain printers in academic departments (just about each science department has their own printer and available computers, not sure about other buildings). There should be wireless access on the residential side of campus, but on the academic side, where it is available, the network is rather efficient and reliable (like in the library, science center, or Pearsons). The library is always a source for printing, as long as it is open. Not having a computer is do-able on this campus because everything is only a short walk away and for the most part, buildings (and the computer labs) remain open for students to use.

3 College Junior

Computers: No wireless on residential side yet tons of computer labs though

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2 College Sophomore

Computers: We do not have campus wide wi-fi and the internet is still pretty slow, though slowly but surely they've been increasing the speed each semester. Academic side has wi-fi but residential side does not so you will need to plug into the wall of buy a wireless adapter (pretty cheap, probably worth it). That's the big complaint.

There's free printing (black and white only) and scanning in the library (and anywhere else on campus with those things, like the computer labs in the basements of Pearson and Chapin) though there's a queue right before classes and one of the printers is inevitably not working so take a look at the printer before even getting on a computer, as they'll be a sign on it or a message if it's not working. You could get your own printer but unless you live off campus or like to print things at 2 am (the library is not open 24/7, does not have the best hours) it's really not worth it or necessary. Other than that, there's also computer access in the library and other computer labs on campus though it is certainly more convenient to have your own computer.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1065th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1211st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1347th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1410th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The average computer-user on campus is happy with the facilities. Only the computer geeks, or the more technologically-spoiled ones, are complaining that the network goes down a lot, since they apparently know of some magic land where networks never go down. I’d say if you’re that Internet dependent, a network going down every once in a while might do you some good.

Beloit has computer labs all over, and so many students bring their own computer that the demand is usually well met. This is a good thing, especially if you don’t want to bother with bringing a computer to campus. The library might give you some problems during midterms and finals, but the Chapin computer lab is open 24 hours, as are both labs in Pearsons. Make sure you print papers and such way ahead of time, though, because you can easily run into problems there. If you have a computer and enough room in your car to haul it over, do it. It’s super convenient, and it will cut some stress when things come down to the wire and everyone without a computer is scrambling around with disks in their hands, trying to print their papers. You decide how social you want to be when you’re trying to get your work done.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most academic and administrative buildings .
24-Hour Labs?
Chapin Hall, Java Joint, Pearsons Lab
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are different packages, including Microsoft Office
Did You Know?
You can sit on top of an Indian Mound in the center of campus and work on your laptop.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 26 responses

Very weak
  • 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 30 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 50% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 50% 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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