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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: It's a good idea to have your own computer (especially a laptop) so you can take notes during class and write essays/do homework wherever you are the most comfortable. I found it easiest to have my own printer so that I wouldn't have to rush to the library to print things before class or when I was studying at home, but it's not necessary.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: It's good, too many people complain about wifi, which is not bad compared to other schools (UVirginia, Colorado College, for example)

4 College Freshman

Computers: Great wireless network- fast and easy to access. You don't necessarily need a computer, but I can't imagine not having one. You need a laptop in physics lab, and almost all your other homework is online.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are usually plenty of computers available at the library and the computing center, and there are also a limited amount of laptops available for use in the labs, but you are expected to have your own laptop, and the reason why there is so much availability is because most people do. Recently, the wireless network has been going in and out a lot, but switching over to the guest network usually works. Printing can add up quickly if you are printing a lot of pages; it's handy to have your own printer (or at least one that you and your roommate share) especially if you are taking a class that requires reports.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Good tech support and comp labs


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 112nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 124th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 213rd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 739th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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The computer network is fast and reliable. Most students bring their own computers and don’t rely on the computer labs, but many will freely recommend bringing your own computer primarily due to convenience. Many students like the freedom to work in places other than a computer lab. Illegal file-sharing is rampant, even though the Hopkins administration has been increasing security within the Hopkins network to discourage this behavior. Generally, labs are open only at certain times throughout the day, and in these labs, no one is available to help if you have problems. Printing is cheap but unreliable. If you don’t bring a computer, you won’t have any problem getting work done, but you may feel left out since you will be in the minority.

The computer network is entirely adequate for a school of Hopkins’ size. The Ethernet connection is fast and doesn’t slow down when many students are online. The main computer lab is open all of the time and is centrally located in the middle of campus. It is uncommon to have to wait for a computer. Except for losing information due to file corruption because of the high use of the computers, students have no complaints about computers or the network.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in every classroom and all around campus
24-Hour Labs?
Leaking Hall Student Computer Lab (room 205) is open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
25 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Log in to the Software Procurement And Renewal System (SPARS) for a list of discount software titles.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 66 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 78 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 69% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 26% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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