Computers

Location
Saint Peter, MN
Undergrads
2,484
Tuition
$37,660
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers everywhere on campus. The wireless internet works everywhere. The wifi is very fast. There are many places to print as well.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The access to wifi is somewhat unreliable, depending on where you are on campus. It is also rather slow, but it's tolerable.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There's computer labs in all the dorms and most of the buildings have computers to use.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There is a computer lab in almost every building. Printing is a bit of a hassle and the wifi is absolutely terrible.

5 College Junior

Computers: Excellence overall for technology at Gustavus. Continuously develop technology throughout campus

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 106th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 204th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 372nd
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Hometown
Moorhead, MN
Major
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Gustavus' technology department is filled with competent, understanding, but busy people to help you with any of your technology questions. If a student has computer trouble, bringing the computer in to Tech Services is free but might take a while for it to be fixed. The campus is one complete Wi-Fi bubble, so researching outside on the grass on your laptop or surfing the Web in the chapel is a breeze. Since almost every student owns his or her own laptop, most College-provided computers (a balance between PCs and Macs) sit idle. Yet, computers and printers are still strategically placed in the campus center or in residence halls for students to check email or print last-minute papers. Students are generally satisfied with the "print accounting" system established by the College to reduce wasted paper and to remind students of their carbon footprints.

While Gustavus offers the fastest Internet in town, it does occasionally go down, causing confusion and frustration. Students have grown to expect super-fast wireless Internet to be always there and always fast. This is because Gustavus has created an atmosphere that actually lets students forget that Tech Services even exists. Computing and printing have become so natural to students that it's sometimes taken for granted because it works so well and is maintained usually by "behind the scenes" people. The computers are not only up-to-date, but the printing is simple and efficient, and the troubleshoot phone line is only four numbers away.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
No
Students are initially given $30 at the beginning of each year on their student accounts (the equivalent of 600 pages).
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can purchase student editions of Microsoft Office at the bookstore. They need their student ID to prove their status as a student.

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 49 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 31% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 59% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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