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3 College Freshman

Computers: The WiFi can be pretty slow at times, especially during finals when everyone is trying to submit their last minute assignments. However, there are a number of places on campus where you can print and they are very reliable. There are a good number of computers around campus, but when it comes to midterms or finals, you don't want to rely on computers being available, so it's best to have your own computer. Computers are also a huge part of the social life on campus.

2 College Freshman

Computers: I don't like that we have to bring our own laptops in. Some classes it's even necessary in.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: overall it's pretty great system they have here on campus for computer use

4 College Junior

Computers: Have no problems with tech support, although I haven't had t use it.

College Sophomore

Computers: I have not yet tried the computers but I saw a lot of labs when I went on my tour of the campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 190th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 388th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 855th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 961st
    Fastest Internet

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Kayla M. Hedman
Griswold, CT
Marketing and Advertising
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As a general observation, the College has shared computer resources strategically located around the campus: in the Miller Information Commons (library), computer labs, the Fireside Lounge in the Student Life Center, and more. Some are open for the general student body, while others are only open to those with card access and a specific major. The computer labs and the library are rarely overcrowded, except around exams when students need certain programs and quiet to focus on final projects. Most students have their own laptops for convenience and to protect their own files. Professors allow laptops in most classrooms as long as students are taking notes and/or contributing to the class. Certain technically demanding majors require more, and students bring their own desktop PC.

Wi-Fi is available anywhere on campus, and the campus network can be accessed on any Champlain computer by using the same login as used on (webmail and WebAdvisor). All computers in the labs are high-speed and efficient, and printing is free. Champlain's "Champ Support" featuring Media Services and the help desk provides assistance connecting personal computers to the campus network, installing the College's antivirus software, and even doing repairs. They are very helpful and underutilized by students.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Main campus (including all academic buildings), Miller Information Commons, IDX Student Life Center, all residence halls, Aiken Green and Hauke Courtyard, and Lakeside Campus
24-Hour Labs?
The Barn for people with card access (graphic design majors), the basement of Ireland Mac lab, the basement of Hauke (with card access to game lab)
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Higher-education discounts are available through Acer/Gateway, Dell, HP, and Levono.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 32 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 37 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 27% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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