Computers

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
629
Tuition
$31,532
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Computers: Excellent on response time at trouble shooting issues and maintenance repair.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The school provides each student with their own MacBook and the student pays a technology fee every semester so that by the time they graduate, they own the computer. There are quite a few computer labs on campus. There are three in the library (one 24 hour lab) and three in the science and math building. There is a 200 page print quota on campus and sometimes the internet is down. The only suggestion I have is be very patient on registration days!

5 College Senior

Computers: They're fast and consistently accessible at the library. I have my own computer so I do not use the ones there. I have used them before and they're perfect for my needs. Many of the students here are commuters and will most likely have their own computers. But going to college nowadays without a computer, is like committing academic suicide.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computers are easily accessible by all students, but the classrooms could use more available technology.

5 College Junior

Computers: All undergraduates are given a computer at the beginning of their first semester; entering first years get a MacBook Pro. The Information Technology Department is incredible; everyone is kind and helpful. WiFi is easy to access everywhere on campus, and it is quite fast.
There are also multiple computer labs on campus, and they only tend to be full during exam periods.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 116th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1052nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 1217th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1272nd
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Hometown
Redondo Beach, CA
Major
Women's Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Chatham students can find computer labs in nearly every building on campus, including the residence halls. Students agree that these labs are accessible, convenient, and rarely overcrowded. The computer labs have work stations where students can plug their laptops into power outlets, and desktop computers are also available for student use. Wireless access is available throughout campus in all of the academic buildings, the library, and Athletic & Fitness Center. The network is usually very reliable, and when a network outage is scheduled for maintenance and updates, Information Technology warns students in advance. When it comes to printing on campus, current students recommend you give yourself sufficient time in case of problems, such as lack of paper or ink.

The University provides any entering student a MacBook Pro. The laptops are technically "leased" to students through tuition, but students own the computers after four years. Along with the laptops, students receive a charger and a carrying bag. The laptops are mainly used to take notes, write essays, and stay in touch with professors. Although having a laptop can make life at Chatham easier, students say that the University-issued computers tend to develop problems over time. Information Technology handles tech support on campus, and while the number of requests usually yields a slow turnaround, repairs are thorough and free for Chatham-issued laptops.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All of the academic buildings, Anderson Dining Hall, the Athletic & Fitness Center, Café Rachel, the library, Weathervane Snack bar, and green spaces, such as the quad, have wireless access.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Each residence hall has a 24-hour computer lab.
Charged to Print?
No
Students can print up to 300 pages per semester for free. If students need more pages, they can purchase print credits at 100 pages for $10.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Each student with 30 credits or less is issued a new MacBook Pro. These computers come equipped with the Microsoft Office suite, security software, Adobe Reader, and media players. Information Technology (IT) updates this software automatically, and the computers can be taken to IT for repairs and troubleshooting. Though students do not pay an upfront cost for the laptops, a $300 technology fee is embedded into student tuition, which pays for the computers over four years. After four years at Chatham, students own their computers.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 41 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 53 responses

  • 74% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 15% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 8% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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