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4 College Freshman

Computers: Free printing is wonderful and there is availability.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I didn't need a laptop until my second year when the workload was getting heavier. There are plenty of computer facilities.

3 College Freshman

Computers: We don't have as much in terms of computer labs. Around semester's end when everyone has projects and papers due, the labs are packed. I would definitely recommend bringing a computer. I have friends that do not have laptops, and regret it. Printing is completely FREE of charge, but copies are not. The network reliability/speed is okay.. However, wi-fi is not available in the dorms. You need to bring your own router or ethernet cable. There are printers to use on campus but beware, the ones in the library can only print documents etc from Microsoft Word programs. During crunch times, such as right before classes, lines for printers can be a little long but not too bad. I personally bought my own printer to make my life easier.

3 College Freshman

Computers: It's a great college, it's just a very small town.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are usually pretty empty and if they are full, ask a librarian. There are computers seemingly everywhere around the library and under the commons. Everyone is pretty open about using computers and very rarely do you find someone messing around on them. Also, having your own laptop it great. The college has wireless that can be tapped into everywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1010th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1035th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1355th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1372nd
    Best Wireless Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
Hometown
New Richmond, WI
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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Ripon is quite good about providing for its students when it comes to computers or Internet access. There are several labs around campus: Kemper, the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), the library, as well as labs in academic departments. Wherever there is a printer on campus, printing is free! There are printers in all of the labs, as well. The only color printer on campus is in the library, and in order to print there, you must inform the person working at the desk that you've printed something and then he or she grabs it for you.

There is Wi-Fi in most common places on campus such as the Commons, the Union/Pub, the library, and most academic buildings. There are also lounges in each residence hall that have Wi-Fi. So while you might not be able to access Wi-Fi from your room, there is a lounge in each res hall that has it. There are also Ethernet jacks in each room for each student. Students can purchase an Ethernet cable before coming to campus or on campus in the college bookstore, and then plug their laptop or computer into the cable that plugs in to the wall and receive Internet that way, as well. While a majority of students has laptops on campus, it is not a necessity. Some have desktops or nothing at all, and they just rely on computers around campus for any Internet or computer needs.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Pickard Commons, the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), Lane Library, Kemper Hall, lounges in all of the residence halls, some academic buildings, and the Harwood Memorial Union
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Through the campus bookstore's website, there is a link to a partner site called JourneyEd.com, and they offer discounts on software and hardware for students.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 24 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 24 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 58% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 42% 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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