Computers

Location
Williamsburg, VA
Undergrads
6,097
Tuition (in-state)
$37,344 ($13,570)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Freshman

Computers: I never use computers on campus besides my own personal laptop. The school requires that every student buy one. It does not, however provide free ones to students. IT can be tricky because many students have many different types of laptops.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing costs 7 cents a page, which is ridiculous when you are paying $50,000 a year to be here.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wi-fi can be slow at times, but it's in all the buildings so there aren't dead zones. You even get it on some paths and in parts of the campus outdoors, which is great.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: You should definitely bring your own laptop

College Junior

Computers: Having a laptop is required at W&M and so I've never used the computer labs.

They charge for printing and I think that's completely ridiculous to charge for printing, though it is minimal. I'm just of the belief that my tuition should cover my paper usage for courses that require me to submit papers!

The wifi has been really spotty lately, but it can normally be relied on except during registration.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 48th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 275th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 321st
    Fastest Internet
  • 1149th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Hometown
Vienna, VA
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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There are many computer lab facilities at William & Mary, including a library with three floors full of computers for students to use whenever they please. Still, having your own laptop is necessary and required, considering that this school houses some of the most studious students nationwide, and public computers tend to get snatched up quickly, especially during finals time. It's also convenient to have your own when you want to look up lecture PowerPoints during class, or if you want to write that pesky paper in a more atmospheric place other than the Swem Library. Also, printing now costs 7 cents a page, which can get costly, so it is advised that students bring their own printers to school, as well. 

The computers still run on Windows XP, which has a slow start-up but works efficiently and fairly quickly. The Internet connection on campus is usually very fast, unless the servers are being flooded during class registration. Programs like iChat and Skype that require fast Internet speed work great and are used often and campus-wide without any issues.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
You can use a laptop anywhere on campus with Wi-Fi-some quirky students even test this by climbing onto roofs or standing by Lake Matoaka, far away from the center of campus. It all works!
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Some 24-hour labs can be found in Jones, Morton, and Tyler halls.
Charged to Print?
Yes
7 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The IT department offers several Microsoft Office and Adobe programs at discounted rates for students. Visit www.wm.edu/offices/it/a-z/software/purchase.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 59 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 76 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 87% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 12% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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