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2 College Freshman

Computers: Hollins uses Cisco, and the network as a whole is very slow, and the students have to log in almost constantly. It's the only really bad thing about the college, though.

3 College Freshman

Computers: I use my own computer most of the time

3 College Junior

Computers: There are computer labs in most of the large buildings, with printers connected to most of them. The tech is slightly out of date. The Wireless Internet can run slow, especially in certain areas and the network access likes to kick off after long periods. Most of the students bring their own laptop for convenience's sake.

1 College Senior

Computers: wifi lags and CISCO SUCKS

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The use is of old operating systems. There are office software but some miss maintenance.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 810th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 888th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1215th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1307th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Hammond
Dayton, Ohio
English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art
Grad Year
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In 2008, Hollins was honored as eighth in the nation in the “Top 20 Wired Colleges” by PC Magazine and The Princeton Review. Most students were very confused as to how Hollins rated so well because the wireless Internet goes out so often and the printers always jam or run out of toner, especially when your class starts in two minutes and you haven't printed out your research paper yet. However, the campus replaces most computers on campus every three years, keeping all the labs up to date.

Most students bring their own laptops, but many people manage just fine without one. With several large computer labs on campus, you can always find a computer to work on, and you don't have to worry about spotty Wi-Fi. If you do bring your own laptop, you can take it to the IT Help Desk when it has problems, though you should do so with caution. The techs are very talented and work very hard, but they've been known to install software or even replace hard drives without permission.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Dana 111, Dana 110a, Dana 236, and Pleasants 204
Charged to Print?
The first 1,000 prints are free.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
IT sells Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus to students at check-in for $100.
Did You Know?
Students can complete a variety of useful tasks online, including registering for courses, ordering books, submitting a maintenance request, scheduling a campus event, or checking the cafeteria menu.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 30 responses

Very weak
  • 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 34 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 41% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 56% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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