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3 College Freshman

Computers: They are present if you need them, but you couldnt survive without your own

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some days it's fast and reliable while others it lags and is glitchy.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers but everyone should have their own, however there are tons of labs, tons of printers so you don't need your own and the wifi is fairly good.

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2 College Sophomore

Computers: The wifi has been crap recently (in the past 2 years) but its always fixed relatively soon after the problem arises and when it works its fast.

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4 College Junior

Computers: The computers are all programed with this note taking program called DyKnow that was developed by a DePauw grad. It is very easy and helpful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 211st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 221st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 348th
    Fastest Internet
  • 473rd
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lynn Demos
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DePauw was recently named the third “most wired” university, and the campus is still planning more advancements. In fall 2005, DePauw developed a laptop initiative that required all incoming students to purchase a laptop through the University. The University offers discounted rates to students for the purchase of laptops. As much as this can be looked at in a negative way monetarily, this initiative has had a very positive impact on the campus. Students having their own computers means less students are fighting for space in labs and more students are able to work in a variety of locations on campus. Overall, it saves students lots of headaches, especially since DePauw has its own Help Desk on campus to help with any problems students may have with their laptops. And even though students are required to purchase laptops, public computer labs can still be found on campus. There are computer labs located in the Julian Science and Math Center, Roy O. West Library, and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. These labs can be utilized by students for a variety of projects, from writing papers to editing videos for class.

Many students do complain about the cost of printing on university printers. The University charges 5 cents per page, and although they give students 400 pages free, some students think this is hardly enough. For most, however, 400 free pages is plenty, and five cents per page isn’t all that much unless you are printing a large amount of work. Printers are plentiful around campus, and many students choose to bring their own printers to campus. In a pinch, it isn’t hard to find a fellow student willing to help you out by printing off a paper.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Campus wide
24-Hour Labs?
Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and all residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can purchase software, as well as laptops and other hardware, through the Apple and Dell Web sites at a significant discount.
Did You Know?
  • A $20 million grant of distinction for the Lilly Endowment supports information fluency and pervasive computing initiatives at DePauw.
  • As part of the DePauw Laptop Program, the University has opened up a help desk in the Student Union Building to assist students with any laptop problems they might have.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 21 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 29 responses

  • 17% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 76% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 7% 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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