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4 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is amazingly reliable. I personally brought a laptop and a desk printer and it works amazing for me. Sometimes it can be a hassle trying to print at the library.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the time the network works consistently, but there are always glitches. You don't need a printer (we have unlimited pages), but a computer is necessary. Majority of the work has to do with computers.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: We have an excellent combination of macs and PCs and there is an abundance of them all over campus. A laptop is almost just a convenience. The wifi is fast and connected and we are warned before hand if it had to be shut down. The printing is highly efficient

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs, around campus, but the printing costs money.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is free, computers are everywhere, IT department is always available/helpful, and wireless internet is your average speed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 142nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 189th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 483rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 682nd
    Best Network Reliability

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David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All buildings, offices, residence halls, and green spaces are completely wireless. Additionally, many other buildings offer wired access, too.
24-Hour Labs?
Major labs stay open 24 hours during the last few weeks of classes.
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Academic discounts are available to students through the Colgate bookstore.
Did You Know?
Each year, more than 100 students work for SOURCe (Student Operated User Resource Center), the staff of trained students who tend to computer problems. There is also a phone hotline and a member of SOURCe assigned to each residence hall for connectivity issues.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 56 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 61 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% 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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