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3 College Freshman

Computers: Network reliability and speed are great!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I do not have much experience with computer labs and printing on campus, but the wifi is excellent.

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5 College Student

Computers: Computer access is excellent at Cornell. There are computers and printers available all over campus, so some of those who can't afford it actually can get by without a computer. Nevertheless, owning a laptop will make your life significantly easier and will always be a worthwhile investment. Since the labs and libraries eventually close, owning your own computer gives you the autonomy to chose when and where you want to work. Some majors also require purchasing a computer, such as Architecture and Computer Science. The free, networked, and discounted software is great, too, and will make having your own computer worthwhile.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of labs, but almost all are always filled up, even on Friday nights, especially during exam season. Wireless access is usually good, although some places that should have them lack them. The need for a personal computer is essential, as it is inconvenient not being able to work at your dorm or whenever you want. Some classes you need to bring your laptop to to take notes etc. Printing on campus is costly, but so is printing on your own. The inks are expensive.

4 College Junior

Computers: The wifi is great, just make sure you don't torrent while using it!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 21st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 26th
    Fastest Internet
  • 40th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 102nd
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Cornell's computing capabilities are top of the line. Most students agree that computer labs are easily accessible, convenient, and well equipped. All labs are outfitted with high speed Internet access (some with wireless) and any software you can think of. Operating systems include both Windows and Mac OS. Furthermore, the Cornell information technologies staff is extremely efficient about resolving problems and troubleshooting personal computing issues.

All libraries are outfitted with computer terminals where you can check e-mail on the run or send an instant message to a friend in between classes. Even though Cornell takes computing very seriously and recognizes the educational benefits of staying up-to-date on cutting-edge technologies, students will still benefit from having a personal computer, which will make their work that much more convenient and efficient. With a personal computer, you may still check in with on-campus services such as the Library Gateway.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Found in more than 150 locations on campus, including most libraries and dormitories.
24-Hour Labs?
318 Philips Hall, B7 Upson Hall, 1504 Dickson Hall, Alice Cook House (residents only), Carl Becker House (residents only), Keeton House (residents only), Hans Bethe House (residents only), Flora Rose House (residents only), McFaddin Hall (residents only)
Charged to Print?
Black and white printing is 10 cents per page, and 25 cents per page for color printing
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe, Autodesk, Eudora, Mathematica, Microsoft, Minitab, SAS, Symantec Client Security, TurboZip Express

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 98 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 106 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 73% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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