Computers

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Computers: the wifi is okay but there is internet access all around campus

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of labs available. Alos tech support is available and can address most software problems and advise on hardware issues too.

3 College Junior

Computers: Wireless has gotten better, but I mostly use my own computer.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are some computers available for students that are scattered all over campus. Most of the computers can be found in the library, but that's about it. Printing on campus isn't free as I expected it to be The network access on campus is also spotty and unreliable in certain classrooms

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs in dorms, different buildings and the library. They have a lot of macs and you can borrow MacBooks at the library, so there's a lot of available resources.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 344th
    Fastest Internet
  • 398th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 971st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1199th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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The wireless network is a major benefit. A laptop with a wireless modem is a huge advantage to have on campus. There is access to the Internet anywhere on campus, and students can take notes on their computers during lectures (though some professors frown upon this practice). Many people still prefer the classical way, however, and lug notebooks to write everything down. Naturally, these students usually will not encounter a problem if they have to use a computer on campus. Students can also check their email in any of the computer labs and also in the library and the Student Life & Administrative Services office in the Main Building. If Microsoft Office or some other software is needed for an assignment, the computers in Korman are fully loaded, and it's cheap to print there. Additionally, printing is free for Pennoni Honors College students.

Be careful, though: While students usually don't have problems accessing computers, the labs do fill up during midterms and finals. The best times of day to use the labs are 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to close. These crowds are often attributed to commuters waiting in between classes. Best bet is to bring a laptop and either connect through the wireless network, or plug in to an Ethernet jack in Korman, the library, or wherever else there is one. Although the labs are accessible during most of the quarter, it would be wise to have a personal computer even if it is not a laptop.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
Yes
10 cents for black and white, 25 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discount prices are available for Microsoft Office and Adobe products. There is a lot of software available to students for free, too.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 115 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 149 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 83% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 11% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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