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3 College Freshman

Computers: I don't know anyone who does not own a computer. There are computers on campus but you will have to live at the library if you do not own a computer. Kids here are so involved that email is super important, also teachers connect to students through email (ie they tell you when assignments may be due and if they are canceling class and what they expect for the day). Also most of the work I have had has in some way involved a computer. For example, for biology, all of the homework problems/readings are from the book but at 9 pm the night before class we have to write a response on what we found difficult in the reading, these are due online. Also our weekly projects are sent out via a website. I have no classes in which I could do homework without a computer.

College Freshman

Computers: Generally useful to bring your own. Beware Blackboard and Caesar during the registration periods..

4 College Freshman

Computers: Definitely need your own computer. You can print on campus but you can't use munch money, which is annoying.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Printing costs monies which is annoying, get your own printer. You could survive without your own laptop, but it would be really inconvenient

4 College Freshman

Computers: technology on campus is alright, but you definitely need your own device to function


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 276th
    Fastest Internet
  • 353rd
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 685th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 997th
    Best Computer Availability

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Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
Grad Year
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Let's face it: Computers are just about a necessity in college. While it is possible to get by without one at Northwestern, as there are computers in the library and certain academic buildings, do you really want to brave the intense snow and cold just to write that pesky research paper? What about checking Facebook, for that matter? If you have any computer issues, don’t fret. Any class that requires computers or computer software will provide some desktops. Northwestern also has an IT team in the Norris Student Center that is available to help with any computer or technical problems that may arise.

The wireless connection is pretty good in most places, but the Northwestern network is notorious for randomly not working or being particularly slow. Each dorm room comes equipped with a jack to plug in your laptop to the school's network. And now for the ever-so-popular question: Mac or PC? The answer is truly up to you. Some schools and majors require additional software that they say works better with a specific computer type, but it really doesn’t matter. For example, the journalism curriculum is taught on PCs, but more than half of the students own Macs. Get whatever computer you feel most comfortable with because, as you will soon find out, your laptop becomes your best friend in college.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
There are many access points on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
5 cents for black and white, 75 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can purchase software at a discount through the University's software center at

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 68 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 91 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 82% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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