Northfield, MN
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5 College Sophomore

Computers: Most students bring their own computers, but the computer:student ratio on campus is 1:3. You never have trouble finding a computer to use in one of the many labs or anywhere in the library. Also, IT help is always available if you're having any sort of trouble with technology.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are pretty widely available on-campus. Even so, I haven't come across a lot of students who haven't sprung for a laptop. The work load at Carleton requires that you have a computer with you frequently, not necessarily in classes, but for other work.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers here are great. There is one public computer for every 3 students, and all computers can dual-boot mac and PC depending on your preference. It's all very easily accessible--even at the most crowded times I never have any trouble finding a computer. Owning a laptop is preferable but not essential.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Public computers are abundant on campus and depending on where they are located, they are equipped with many useful programs. You don't technically need to bring your own computer, however, it is very helpful if you want to do you work in your room. Wireless can be spotty in some places, but overall its strong.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The college has one public computer for every three students on campus. Computer labs are spread throughout campus, some of which are available for 24 hours. The computers are dual-boot; students can choose to use the PC version or Mac. There is also free printing.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 134th
    Fastest Internet
  • 276th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 867th
    Best Wireless Availability

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Lingerr Senghor
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It's pretty convenient to bring your own computer to Carleton but not a necessity. The majority of students do bring them, and it's a safe bet that at least one roommate would bring one to school. The network is well maintained, and they usually do service on it on Friday nights when the least amount of students need to use them. Most professors take advantage of the interconnected network and place coursework and reading material in class folders on the Internet. E-mail is the preferred method of communication, so make sure to check your inbox on a regular basis.

Public computer labs are generally crowded, especially during finals. It's best to get there early and claim it by leaving your work open at the computer with notes, books, pillow, and sleeping bag. The biggest problem with printers is the frequent toner shortage due to the amount of printing that's done. However, the computing staff fixes printer and computer difficulties in no time. For those with laptops, the library and a couple of other buildings have Ethernet ports that are easily accessible. Laptops are the best bet as far as having your own computer goes-it is more convenient to carry your computer around campus than to have a large PC bolted to your desk.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in several areas on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Labs in the Center for Math and Computing, Mudd lab, Scoville, Sayles, and Willis lab
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Anti-virus software
Did You Know?
  • The Carleton Student Association pays for all of the printer paper on campus so you don't have to.
  • Each dorm has a specially-trained student user support specialist so you don't have to leave your building to get help with computer problems.
  • Professors love PowerPoint. You will not leave Carleton without doing a PowerPoint presentation in at least one of your classes.
  • Carleton students have access to a posting board called Caucus that has mediated student discussions about beer, sex, and most importantly, professors.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 36 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 42 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 29% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 69% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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