Computers

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Portland, OR
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$44,460
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3 College Junior

Computers: Almost all Macs. Not very PC friendly.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Computer services is pretty excellent.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: You can get wireless internet almost all over campus. I've found this really convenient for my phone bill, because I can get a minimal data plan.
Unless you are crazy about printing everything, you really don't need a printer. Printers are all over campus, and you get a decent amount of printing credit to begin with. I printed only when I had to, and ended up with a lot of money left over. The speed has never been an issue; I could easily stream Netflix any time of the day.
Some words of warning, however: Like many campuses, Reed is really strict on illegally downloading copyrighted content. You can get you internet suspended for a week or two for torrenting a single song. So be careful there.

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5 College Junior

Computers: lots of computers, almost always one available, mostly macs.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Great Except for Printing – The labs are really great and there's almost always a computer open in the library and/or the ETC, and typically there are both Apples and PC's available. Each works very well and is rather state-of-the-art in components. Classrooms are also well-endowed tech-wise. The only real annoying aspect of computers at Reed I've encountered is printing fees: 8 cents per page. That may not seem like a lot, but it sure adds up when you've got a professor who's making you print out every 30+ page reading and bring it to class.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 208th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 241st
    Best Network Reliability
  • 275th
    Fastest Internet
  • 413rd
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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In the past, the campus computer situation yearned for a massive overhaul. Now, the computer situation around campus presents students with countless new-age computing options. From the Educational Technology Center to the wireless networking that exists throughout a majority of the campus, Reed's revamped computer situation and computer labs allow students numerous opportunities to further their education around campus without having to own a computer. Although students do believe the computer labs to be an excellent resource, most agree that owning a computer makes the Reed experience much more convenient. Additionally, if you own a computer, Reed's Computer User Services (CUS) willingly assists anyone with any queries at virtually any hour, making troubleshooting problems a breeze.

Reed outfits nearly every classroom with a new computer, as well, allowing professors to take advantage of numerous multimedia resources. Beyond all the services that CIS provides, they also train and designate a number of Terminal Watchers (T-Watchers) whose main job is to assist other students with technological troubleshooting. In short, computers at Reed used to be lacking, but now, they blaze a trail in accessibility, assistance, and overall ease of use.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in almost all buildings and some outdoor areas
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Informational Resource Centers (IRCs) in the Educational Technology Center
Charged to Print?
Yes
8 cents for black and white, 35 cents for color; first $20 free each year. Seniors are given $40.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available at the bookstore and through Computing & Information Services.
Did You Know?
  • Steve Jobs, the Macintosh guru, donated a collection of Apple computers to Reed. Jobs, who attended Reed at one point, maintained a connection with the school.
  • Reed's Computing & Information Services uses a lottery system to allocate their computers to a decent number of students who do not own computers.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 11 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 15 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 40% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 40% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 20% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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