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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are several labs on Doble Campus as well as in UHall and the library is on Brattle, so there is good access to the computers, which are all Macs. Two of the labs on Doble are open 24 hours, so they can be very convenient especially towards midterms/finals. You have to pay to print, so many people bring their own printers. A certain amount of credits in in your tuition, but they can run out fast depending on how many papers you have to write. The wireless access can be pretty awful sometimes, there has been situations where it has been down on and off for days which can be stressful. However if you address the issue with IT they (sometimes) can fix it. There are enough computers that you don't need a laptop, but it is nice to have so that you can work on homework in your own room instead of in the labs.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are equipped with numerous high-quality Macs that allow for both Mac and PC software.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: They are MACS but i dont use them

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are always fairly available on campus. I would recommend at least purchasing a tablet to keep your items and itinerary in order, but it is certainly not required.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: could be better, updated, supplied with working keyboards since a few have broken keys


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1090th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1111st
    Fastest Internet
  • 1138th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1332nd
    Best Network Reliability

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Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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While it isn’t completely necessary, most students at Lesley do bring their own laptops to school. There is a pretty even distribution of both Mac and PC users, though the majority of Lesley’s Art Institute of Boston students owns Macs. All of the computer labs at Lesley are "dual-boot," meaning that they can either run Macintosh or Windows, depending on the user’s preference. In general, the computer labs are not usually too crowded, though during finals week, it can sometimes be hard to find an open computer. However, if this is the case, many of the classrooms on Main Campus are equipped with computers that are available for student use whenever a class isn’t being held.

The tech support team at Lesley, called University Technology or "UT," has the potential to be very useful, but oftentimes it's not. This is partly due to the fact that UT is not located on Main Campus, but has its offices in the basement of University Hall at the Porter Campus. Also, UT, while staffed with very knowledgeable individuals, has a very limited number of people working there. However, if you catch them at the right time, they can be very helpful when available. Lesley University offers two free wireless networks—Lesley-secured and Lesley unsecured. Both networks “work” on all campuses and in all dorms; however, as with most wireless connections, sometimes they can be slow or unreliable.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All campuses and dorms are equipped with both Lesley-secured and unsecured wireless Internet access.
24-Hour Labs?
Doble Information Commons, Mollye Lichter Block Computer Lab
Charged to Print?
You are charged 10 cents per page; however, each student receives $15 of printing per semester that is included in the tuition.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Lesley sometimes offers special discounts on laptops, but the price and company vary from year to year. Also, Microsoft Office is available to students; if students go to Microsoft's Student Discount Page, they'll be able to get more information.
Did You Know?
Lesley University's Kresge Library Media Center houses a media reserves collection and a circulating media equipment collection (including video, image, and audio recording equipment), in addition to viewing, duplication and transfer, and media production facilities.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 27 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 41 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 63% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 32% 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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