While Colgate really is chock-full of computer labs in practically every academic building and most common buildings, a laptop is certainly a wise choice. The school is both Apple and PC friendly, and the wireless network recently underwent some major upgrades that left it speedy and reliable. Students are especially fond of the wireless Internet all across campus (including most green spaces) and the free printing in all labs. That being said, the University does require students to download the Bradford Persistent Agent to ensure students aren’t illegally downloading music or unwittingly bringing viruses into the system.
Some professors will request that students not bring computers to class, but for those that permit or encourage it, you are sure to find rows of students with laptops on Google Chat and Facebook—when they’re not taking notes, that is. Most professors have shifted their course readings onto Moodle (the online course management system), so assignments can easily be read on the computer or printed at one of the computer labs for the next class.