Computers

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Providence, RI
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Tuition
$42,206
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Bringing your own computer isn't necessary but makes everything a lot easier. WiFi sucks so definitely bring an ethernet cable.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers but I would recommend bringing one anyway to do work in your dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computers available in the library. Most classrooms have computers, too. Each student has a set amount of money for printing each semester, but I've never heard of someone running out. If it really concerns you, it is possible to bring your own printer, too. Most students have few troubles with their wi-fi, but for whatever reason mine never has, so I gave up and am now using a 4G wireless card. Definitely bring a laptop. There is a way to get one through the school, but if you don't want one for whatever reason, there are usually computers available in the library. Most assignments are handed in through the computer. Classrooms generally lack technology. There are computers in most classrooms, but teachers mainly use chalkboards. The new Ruane building and some rooms in Harkins are the only ones with SmartBoards.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are somewhat limited, but there are options.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet at PC sucks. It's very weak, especially in the dorms, and isn't very reliable. You can do your online homework in a computer lab or on the library computers, but it's more of a hassle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 873rd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1095th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1278th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1290th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Hometown
Groton, CT
Major
English/Business
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At least thrice a year, students will get an e-mail explaining that the network will be shut down for a period of about four hours due to servicing. Luckily, however, this maintenance usualy occurs during the night or at a time in which no self-respecting college student would be awake. It’s hard to maintain control of your emotions when you receive such news. What on earth will you do without Facebook for four hours? The answer: Snood. Those two activities are the real reason you’ll want to bring your own computer to PC. The computer labs on campus are sufficient but can get crowded during midterms and finals. If you are able to employ a degree of leniency into your schedule, you will be fine. The network at PC is comparative to high-speed DSL, and more importantly, it’s free, which is music to a college student’s ears. The degree of felicity supplied by the network varies from minor frustration to complete satisfaction.

The network has its ups and downs throughout the year. Students are responsible for their own virus software, which, if everyone used, would seriously diminish the viruses on the network and increase server speed. Another option many PC students are turning to is the world of Apple. Macs are becoming a frequent sight on campus, and as of now, students don’t have to worry about viruses on them. The Help Desk and Computer Services are always willing to help if you get a virus or just have a persnickety laptop. While theft is not a frequent occurrence on campus, you want to take every precaution available, including registering high-priced equipment with the Office of Safety and Security. As a matter of convenience and social utility, your own computer is the best route to go. Besides, who wants to actually call people to make plans for dinner when you can instant message all 20 of them at once?

 

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
All residence study lounges, Phillips Memorial Library, Alumni Dining Hall, Raymond Dining Hall, Suites Pavilion, Jazzman's Café
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
None
Did You Know?
  • Laptops are available for checkout at the circulations desk in the library for a two-hour period of use.
  • The library has 4 iMacs in a high-end Creation Station Macintosh Lab, allowing for film students and students looking to produce exquisite presentations to "create" with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • There is a room on the second floor of the library in which students can videotape themselves as they practice their presentations for classes. They can then watch their presentations on a computer and tweak them accordingly to ensure an "A" on presentation day.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 33 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 44 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 80% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 20% 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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