Computers

Location
Grove City, PA
Undergrads
2,469
Tuition
$14,880
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Student

Computers: I really like the fact that each student gets a printer and a laptop and can keep it after graduation.

3 College Freshman

Computers: everything is pretty good but wireless has to improve

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Grove City supplies each student with their own laptop. Originally, gaming access was only available in certain spots on campus but now it is available in the dorms. internet speed could be faster but the reliability is pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Computers: love the laptops, hate the wifi

4 College Freshman

Computers: Grove City provides all full-time students with a laptop and printer that will be yours to keep once you graduate. The most recent model issues is significantly better than the sophomore and up models. Wireless access is spotty at best, especially in the dorms. But almost all buildings have Ethernet ports that you can plug into for internet. Bringing your own computer is fine if you really want to, but the school issued computers are very nice and work for what you will be using them for.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 887th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1046th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1241st
    Fastest Internet
  • 1295th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

John Kloosterman
Hometown
Kalamazoo, MI
Major
English
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Hoping to leave your AIM profile up all day? Grovers have the opportunity to stay wired everyday for all four years. Every dorm, and most classrooms, are equipped with network connections, and GCC has recently implemented a wireless network system in HAL (the Hall of Arts and Letters), SAC (the Student Activity Center), and the courtyard between the buildings. Since 1994, the College has offered laptops and printers that become the students' upon graduation. Even the outdated models provide indispensable access to word processing, e-mailing, the Internet, department-specific software, and online blackboards.

Students sometimes complain about an unreliable network, a confusing homepage, slow online class registration, frequent hard drive crashes, and incompetent Technological Learning Center (TLC) staff. While horror stories of computer crashes before finals float around campus, students should not be shocked to have nearly glitch-free use of their own computer system. The network has been improved over the past couple years and TLC staff does their best to give student laptops a little "tender love and care" (TLC from TLC--get it?). Within the past couple years, the network suffered from student hackers and a Blaster virus. However, with a lot of overtime and anti-virus patches, TLC worked to eliminate both hackers and viruses. If students want to be sure to get a computer and a quick print job in the TLC lab, they should print early in the mornings or soon after a class period has begun.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Henry Buhl Library, Harbison Chapel, Hoyt Hall, Ketler Recreation, Pew Fine Arts Center, Rockwell Hall, South Lobby, Technological Learning Center
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
No
There is no charge to print, but students cannot print more than 70 pages a month from the printers at the Technological Learning Center.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
  • Incoming freshmen receive HP Tablet computers from GCC. Nice!
  • Each student is provided with a Campus Portal account. Campus Portal enables students to find campus news, search online for course schedules, register for classes, review financial accounts, and receive final grades.
  • Many professors use course management systems for posting syllabi, assignments, grades, and other relevant information. All students will be provided with an account on Blackboard. Blackboard is a program online that makes it easier for students and professors to share information with the entire class at one time. It is easy to learn to use, and students become comfortable using Blackboard in no time.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 41 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 47 responses

  • 94% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 4% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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