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College Freshman

Computers: Never used them, I have my own laptop

3 College Sophomore

Computers: computers at my school are average

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers offer the basic programs in order to complete assignments, surf the Internet, and accomplish miscellaneous tasks for entertainment and academic purposes. There are only a couple computer labs on campus, but many students use their own devices to complete different tasks. Printing is available for a price, so many students also choose to bring their own printers. However, there are printers available for purchased use. The network on campus works, but could be improved. There are a plethora of people requiring access to the network at the same time, and thus the network runs slower than a normal network for a technologically-advanced college should run. Despite that fact, the university constantly looks for ways to improve the network and help the students achieve their goals in the best ways possible.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The network is sometimes slow and when many people are connected at once, it almost stops working.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Sometimes the computers work very slowly, but students have access to many computers. The academic resource center, which includes a computer room, stays open until 3am everyday except weekends, and during finals week it is open 24/7.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 619th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 901st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 983rd
    Fastest Internet
  • 993rd
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Seattle, Wash.
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The vast majority of students at Mercer have their own laptops. However, there are plenty of computers available for student use in various computer labs around campus. The most popular of these are the computers on the second floor of the library and the Academic Resource Center computer lab, though these tend to fill up quickly on weekday evenings. The Internet network is adequate, but it tends to be slow at times. Though WiFi is available around campus, the system seems to struggle to support the student body, which can be frustrating. Sometimes faster connections are seen on the Mercer computers.

Printing at Mercer costs 8 cents a sheet, so a personal printer may be a good investment in the long run for anyone anticipating many papers or reports. Tech support is generally helpful and although they are very inconveniently located in a remote corner of campus by Auxiliary Services, they are always an easy phone call away.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
The Computer Science Department has two 24-hour labs, but they're only for IST students.
Charged to Print?
8 cents a sheet
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can download free software, such as antivirus, spyware removal, and file viewers. Mercer students can find discounts to Apple, Dell, and Microsoft at

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 56 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 72 responses

  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 68% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 22% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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