Computers

Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Computers: I can use my laptop outside anywhere on campus and have connectivity

3 College Sophomore

Computers: We have great technology and opportunities but the network and wireless connection is a shot in the dark every time you log on.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are always computers available but it is the wifi that is a little harder to get especially if you live in towers...

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wireless needs to be fixed.The dorm I'm in now sometimes takes 10 minutes to load a Google page on my laptop. I can't upgrade to the newest 5G or else I have to pay an obscene amount of money. If there was a way to fix it so all Luther students can have a great internet connection that would be wonderful. Sometimes I can't get my homework done until late because of the internet connection.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: WIFI sucks some of the time which makes things frustrating.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 96th
    Fastest Internet
  • 128th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 175th
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Hometown
Wausau, WI
Major
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Computers are as essential as books, paper, and underwear at Luther College. Technologically speaking, Luther doesn’t often set the curve, but it isn’t lagging behind either. The computers will all do basic things, and many of the Mac systems in the library or the Center for Fine Arts will do things like graphic design, DVD-movies, and professional recording. The campus e-mail system and KATIE learning management system are essential to any class, so check them often. Spam filtering and virus protection are also provided to all students.

Luther offers its library catalogue and resources to anyone with an online connection, with many journals and subscriptions available by logging in. It’s a great way to do research in your dorm room if you’re working on a term paper. Many seminars on technology, especially as it relates to careers or majors, take place and are somtimes mandatory for certain classes. Students will also get most major announcements regarding holidays, campus events, security briefs, and campus news in the form of e-newsletters, although these are easily deleted. In short, a student who makes the effort to learn and take advantage of the available tech resources will find all the tools needed right at his or her fingertips.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Olin will stay open as long as you like, as long as you are inside by midnight.
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
You can check your e-mail almost anywhere on campus between classes. In all of the main academic buildings, Luther features computers set up in common areas, all open without an access key. The computers will do nothing but run Internet, so you can check your Facebook account, but you won't be able to print off that last-minute final.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 25 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 30 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 50% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 40% 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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