Computers

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Recent Alumnus

Computers: No first hand experience yet.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are so many computers and printers available for student use on campus, some of which are available 24/7.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: I've had no problems with the computer labs or wireless at school.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: I never really use school computers, but they look nice enough. I'm sure they're wicked solid, it's Harvard. Harvard hooks you up with free/super-discounted software like Microsoft Office and programs you'll need for classes. Wifi literally everywhere. Not sure how they do it. Super fast, all the time, all over.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wish there were more iMacs in computer labs.

3 people found this useful Report
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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 15th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 15th
    Fastest Internet
  • 32nd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 81st
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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Technology is increasingly important at today's colleges and universities, and Harvard certainly realizes that. Students have access to a number of computer labs, and every upperclass house has its own computer lab in the basement. Students benefit from a high-speed Ethernet network, as well as the Wi-Fi (wireless) network.

Despite these positive highlights, the majority of students recommends that you provide your own computer. Access to computer labs tends to be a weakness because of overcrowding, and having to print out an assignment at the last minute can be nerve-wracking when you are waiting for a computer to open. The hardware is there, just be patient and factor waiting time into your schedule if you plan on relying on Harvard's computer labs.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Each upperclass house has a small 24-hour lab and the Science Center's computer labs are open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
Yes
Five cents a page for black and white; 15 cents a page for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
A full list is available to students at Harvard's University Information Systems website.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 39 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 53 responses

  • 6% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 15% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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