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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are printing stations around campus where you can use printing credit. You get $15 printing credit each semester, which is a lot actually. The computer labs are really nice, too (and quiet). They have macs and PCs available there.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: You absolutely need a computer. There is a lab but you need one for all of your classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Great computer labs all over campus, usually pretty empty. However, printing can sometimes be a problem (lack of printers).

5 College Junior

Computers: Wi-Fi Heaven – The computer labs at Pitzer College are easy to find and take advantage of. Their printing services are excellent!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 94th
    Fastest Internet
  • 180th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 684th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 780th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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In this new, technologically advanced society, students at Pitzer almost unanimously agree that it is necessary to bring a computer to school for either schoolwork or your own entertainment. Pitzer, as well as the rest of the Claremont Colleges, has a wireless network that is accessible to all students. Some students do face a little difficulty with the Wi-Fi in their dorms, but the school provides Ethernet cords for instances such as these.

The Bernard Hall Computer Lab is the main computer lab on campus. It is open 24/7, and students are able to print for a small fee. The computer lab is not often filled to capacity, except of course when it comes to midterms or finals. If the lab does happen to fill, there are three other labs to choose from. Residential Networking, or Resnet, is a crucial part of Pitzer's Information Technology department that takes care of all computer-related needs for members of Pitzer College. The staff is very helpful and can often surprise you with its knowledge of how to fix what seemed to be an impossible problem!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
PAS (Pitzer, Atherton, Sanborn) dormitories, The Grove House, Broad Hall, Avery Hall, Broad Center, McConnell Hall, the "Mounds," Gold Student Center (GSC), Keck Science Center, as well as a few other spots on campus (though wireless may be spotty)
24-Hour Labs?
Bernard Hall Computer Lab
Charged to Print?
Each semester, a student is given a $10 printing quota, and money is deducted each time the student prints a page. Students can add money to their printing accounts in the computer labs.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
If you buy software through the computer lab, you can get educational discounts on just about anything.
Did You Know?
  • Lots of students find bringing their own printer beneficial.
  • Although the printers in the Bernard Hall Computer lab are set to print in black and white (which costs five cents each), students can choose to print in color for 25 cents per page.
  • Software and computers are sold at the Huntley Bookstore at student rates.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 53 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 70 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 56% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 39% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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