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Mechanicsburg, PA
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$29,460
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3 College Freshman

Computers: Good computer labs. Pretty terrible wi-fi.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: Network reliability is pretty good. I don't like having to log in to the secure network every time I turn on my computer. But I don't know if that's the school fault or not.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: All of the things you need are accessible. Printers are nearby most areas, wireless is good and you don't absolutely have to have a personal computer but it definitely helps.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are always computer labs open and there is a schedule on the door to see when classes have that lab reserved. I personally find it helpful to have a laptop so that I can work on my assignments in my dorm room. And you can easily print to a wireless printer in the lobby of your dorm building.

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4 College Junior

Computers: As a Graphic Design major, I spend an incredible amount of time in the school's Mac Lab. It is a great resource for me, the computers have huge screens, are fast, and have all of the software I want. For each computer in the Mac Lab there is an illustration tablet, and there are several scanners in the lab. The lab does get quite busy at crunch times in the semester, when multiple design classes have projects due.
There are many other computer labs on campus, off the top of my head I can think of 6 labs in 3 different buildings, but there are probably more. There are printers available everywhere and wireless printing that you can use easily from your laptop.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 80th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1152nd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1344th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Hometown
Yardley, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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The computer labs at Messiah are plentiful and well-stocked with ink and paper. The five residence hall computer labs are usually empty and incredibly convenient for finishing work close to home. The computer labs in the academic buildings tend to become crowded in between classes, but that can be resolved with a short wait or a quick walk to the next lab. It is certainly possible to rely entirely on Messiah’s computers, but almost all students bring laptops of their own. However, most students take advantage of the $24 printing credit per semester and do not bring their own printers.

The wireless Internet occasionally goes down in the residence halls, but this can usually be easily resolved with an Ethernet cable or a call to Information Technology Services (ITS). If ITS receives enough calls from residents in a certain building (to suggest that it is not just an issue on a personal laptop), they will reset the Internet connection and the problem will be fixed immediately.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Wireless access is available in all buildings on campus and is currently being installed in well-frequented outdoor locations.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
All dormitory and apartment labs-Hess, Kelly, Mellinger, Solly, and Witmer
Charged to Print?
Yes
Each student is given a $24 lab printing credit per semester. Once this credit has been used, students will be billed 8 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Messiah offers free software downloads through the ITS website at www.messiah.edu/offices/its.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 85 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 116 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 44% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 51% 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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