Computers

Location
Marlboro, VT
Undergrads
236
Tuition
$37,640
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Nice Computer Lab – The computer lab has nice computers and a great new printer. There is WiFi everywhere on campus, and the connection is generally fast. Laptops are useful both for entertainment purposes and for academics, but it's certainly possible to make do without.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: Unreliable and Irritating – I can't begin to express how many times internet goes down per week and how infuriating it is. Apparently the problem is solved if you use the Ethernet port, but most people have laptops. It's hard to do anything with out a personal computer, but I do know some people who have been able to get by. Also, the internet speed is erratic; sometimes it's decent, sometimes you will wait and wait. There is one computer lab on campus and it has 15-25 Macs. There's also a free b/w printer there for anyone to use unlimitedly, which is awesome.

Niche User

Computers: The computer network is good. The computer labs are generally available, except nearing the end of the semester. Bringing your own computer helps, but I don't think you have to.

Niche User

Computers: Marlboro has been `done' without a personal computer. There's usually one available somewhere, but on nights when it's 20 below, you might be wishing you had one in your room, because the trek to the library seems on par with trekking up Everest!

Niche User

Computers: The connection is pretty fast. If something is wrong, I can take my laptop in and one of the tech guys'll help me out. The campus has great wireless, too. Ask yourself what kind of person you are, and whether or not you want a personal computer.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 397th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 521st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 546th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 754th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

For as rustic and humble a place as Marlboro College is, there are some pretty advanced technological services. There's an amazing computer staff that'll take a look at your sick computer, often with same-day service! There is high-speed Internet access in every dorm room (perfect on nights when the wind chill is 20 degrees below zero) and wireless access all over campus. There are also six computer labs with different designations on campus. The main lab is in the Aron wing of the library, which features computers and a high-speed laser printer that takes a beating right around midterms. This lab is almost always crowded during the middle and end of the semester. There is another lab in the Brown Science Building where many students venture to avoid the crowds. Each of these labs holds an equal number of PCs and Macs.

Though the staff is always available, the number of computers on campus is not quite adequate. There are times when you have to wait 30 minutes to obtain a spot, which is why most students at Marlboro have their own computer. With your own computer you can easily send documents to the library printer. Many students use this method to cut back on the cost of paper and ink. Marlboro provides some excellent computer resources such as high-speed Internet and prompt tech services, but it lacks consistent availability for students who don't have a computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
No
All students enjoy high-speed access to the Internet from the computer labs and dorm rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Six labs are open 24 hours a day, including the language lab and photo/video editing lab
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Many discounts are available to Marlboro students and staff through various vendors like Apple and Dell. For more info, check out www.marlboro.edu/resources/computer/purchase.
Did You Know?
Marlboro College has an interactive "Nook" system where community members can access discussion boards, blogs, photo galleries, and a student directory.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 5 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 7 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 43% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 43% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 14% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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