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4 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the computers on campus are Apple computers, though they boot to both Windows 7 and Mountain Lion.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs in the library, Humanities, and Dupre. They're convenient and printing is free but the printers in Dupre are often broken or out of paper. It would be inconvenient but doable not to have your own laptop. There's wifi all over campus which is usually good but varies in speed (sometimes Dupre is weak)

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some dorms have computer labs with printers…otherwise, most academic buildings do, and there's plenty of room at the library.

4 College Freshman

Computers: So easy to print almost anywhere. There are very reliable computer labs and printers in almost every building including the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Computers: We have several computer labs throughout campus, and there is almost always a computer open. The internet speed is phenomenal. The only qualms I have is that I wish the computer labs opened earlier on weekends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 126th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 132nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 335th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tatiana Craine
Eden Prairie, MN
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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Computers are all over campus, so if students arrive at Macalester without a laptop handy, they have options to choose from. Though some students don’t come with computers, having access to a computer is necessary. From getting professor and classmate emails to checking the Moodle site for a syllabus or just researching and writing a paper, computers are an essential part of Macalester life. The library also provides students with great electronic resources, including access to many online journal databases as well as the card catalog. Most students will take part in lectures at the library on how to use the technological resources offered, which seem redundant but often help when in a pinch trying to find an obscure reference article.

There are plenty of computer labs located across campus, including the basement and first floor of the library, the campus center, Carnegie, Kagin Commons, the Humanities Resource Center (HRC), and in some of the dorms. However, only dorm computer labs are open 24 hours a day. Students may also check out laptops from either the campus center or the library for a three-hour time span.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Wireless coverage is focused in teaching and public areas.
24-Hour Labs?
Dupre and Kirk labs
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • Macalester offers several different wireless networks: Macalester, Macalester Student, and Macalester Guest. The former two require passwords, and the latter does not, though it does require consent to user terms. Students in the dorms may find it hard to catch wireless signals, so each dorm room is equipped with several Ethernet plug-ins.
  • A few years ago, Macalester upgraded its email system to a Google-run account system that streamlines everything a student needs in his or her email. It offers everything associated with the original Google Gmail accounts, including email sorting, task lists, Google documents, and other organizational options.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 28 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.
  • 56% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 38% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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