Computers

Location
Grinnell, IA
Undergrads
1,615
Tuition
$41,004
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer use at Grinnell College is good. There are many computer labs that students can use and unlimited printing that are helpful and setup in almost all buildings.

5 College Senior

Computers: Computers are literally everywhere with all the software you would ever need. There are multiple computer labs in the main buildings an at least one computer lab per three dorms. Just extraordinary! I have not had a single network problem and the internet is super fast. It's fun going outside and watching tv on your laptop with your friends!

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2 College Freshman

Computers: There are lots of available computers, but they are very slow and the labs are understaffed. Printers are often out of paper and toner, sometimes for days at a time.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are all over the place, most of which equipped with pretty powerful mac workstations, but some with lower end windows workstations. All of them are pretty reliable, though, and tech support is always available for both school and personal computers. Printing in B&W is free, and color is a small fee. Overall, I'd say Grinnell has top quality technology and service.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs throughout campus, all the computers run either Mac OSX or Windows 7, depending on the user's preference. Printing black and white is free and unlimited while color costs $.30 per page. The college uses a pretty cool system to print. A software app is downloaded onto your computer and then you are able to print from your computer and pick up at any printer on campus using your P-Card (Pioneer ID)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 195th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 333rd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 550th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Hometown
Mumbai, India
Major
Economics
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It can get a little frightening when people start referring to you by your username on the college network, but Grinnell provides some very useful services. Every Grinnell student has to attend a technology session during Student Orientation Week. Information Technology Services gives you a username, tells you how to hook up your computer to the Ethernet, and shows you how to get in to your email account. Upon poking around the webpage, you’ll find a directory (Stalker Net) that will not only allow you to look up the address and phone number of any Grinnell student or faculty member, but it will also give you their major, username, class year, home address, and ID photo. On the faculty page, you can find links to course webpages. You can even check your grades online. Your student groups can find a forum on Pioneer Web, and you can even connect with alumni through the useful service. While most work is completed on computers, very few professors encourage bringing your computer to class. Discussion is the primary objective of a Grinnell education. Computers detract from the ability to engage in conversation.

Many of the dorms have computer labs that are always open. While these fill up quickly around finals, open computers can usually be found in the computer labs in academic buildings, and there are also computers available in many of the science lab rooms. Both Macs and PCs are common but can’t always be found in the same computer lab for some reason. Given the ubiquitousness of computers on campus, IT services offers free laptop care. They can reformat, remove viruses from, and even fix the hardware of your personal computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
No

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 21 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 30 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 37% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 47% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 17% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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