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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs in each residence hall and they are decent. The better computers are in the Mac lab in the library, many of the other computers are a bit old. Printing on campus is free and there is no quota, which is nice. However there is only one free color printer available and the printers often break down.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi can be a problem, but most people have their own computers even though many dorms and the library have accessible computers.

4 College Freshman

Computers: It doesn't seem necessary to bring a personal computer here, but most students seem to do so anyway.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless is pretty slow but its everywhere. It's not so bad

4 College Freshman

Computers: Oxy has all-campus wireless Internet access, which is very reliable. If there is ever an issue with anything the IT department figures it out and fixes it as soon as possible. I would say that everyone I know has their own personal computer, which is the most convenient; however, each dorm hall and the library are equipped with both PC's and Macs available to all students. The library also has laptop with charger checkouts (PC's and Macs). They also have a very smart and convenient printing system on campus called print to release. You install a program on your personal computer or print right from a campus computer to enter your username and password when you want to print a doc and it'll send it to your student ID rather than to the printer. Once you are ready to print, you simply swipe your card on the printer and release all or some of the documents on there.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 665th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 900th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 960th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1174th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Occidental has earned the title of being one of the most wired colleges of its size. Computers are available to those who need them, and those students with their own have very few problems doing what they need to do. There are small problems here and there, specifically with the speed of the Internet connection, but overall, most students are happy with the computers on campus. Computer support is an entirely different situation, and beyond basic computer problems, many students complained about a lack of support, confusing online directions, and issues that arose again and again that could not be fixed.

Very little in terms of technology or information is out of reach, and the many resources that the school offers are easy to find and use. The wireless network on campus is impressive and incredibly helpful in this. It is a common sight to see a student working outside. Most students have no problem with getting help with their computers, and find the Information and Technology Services (ITS) helpful in fixing basic computer problems. Some, however, have major issues with assistance for Macintosh computers or more complex problems that occur. Beyond setting up e-mail or fixing minor glitches, problems often arise that require weeks to fix or never get fixed at all. The Internet connection is also a source of contention as well. Even though the school has multiple high-speed Internet connections, it is slowed down by the high number of students who download music and other files through the many file-sharing programs. The school is working on these problems though, and with a $500,000 technology increase in the budget, improvement appears to be on the way.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
High-speed wireless Ethernet access runs all across campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Residence hall labs are always open. In addition, the Mary Norton Clapp Library computer lab is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week during the semester.
Charged to Print?
Oxy encourages students to print responsibly.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Links to discounted software can be found at the College bookstore Web site, Also many computer vendors provide student discounts to Oxy students.
Did You Know?
  • Every student is provided with an e-mail account, 100MB of server space to save documents and projects that can be accessed from any campus computer, and 100MB of space for a personal Web page.
  • Oxy has one of the largest wireless networks for a school of its size, which covers almost all of the campus. Students can wirelessly access the school network and the Web from any residence hall, the quad, the Cooler, the Marketplace, and almost every other building on campus.
  • Every student is provided with computer technical support for free from the Information Technology Services department.
  • The ITS Department also provides software training and assistance for all students.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 24 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 26 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 62% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 35% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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