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3 College Sophomore

Computers: It could have been worse. It's not the fastest network I've been on but it's okay.

3 College Freshman

Computers: there is only 2 computer labs on campus

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are really nice macs with the option to use mac or pc operating systems. However, there really aren't that many computers and the lab in the library is often completely full. I don't really have to deal with it because I have my own laptop and I feel really bad for people who depend on those computers to do their work. If possible, bring your own computer!

3 College Junior

Computers: At SLC you don't need a laptop. But I'd highly recommend having one. There are several computer labs around campus, but the most frequented one is the one downstairs in the library. With this in mind, most of the other locations with computer labs are either small (MacCracken Study Lounge and Hill Study Lounge both have two computers each) or are either limited to certain students (the Ziskin Lab) or close at randomly inconvenient times (the upstairs Heimbold Computer Lab). It's not a bad situation here, and the network is pretty reliable and ever-improving. But the printing budget is excessively low, even for writing-intensive students who need to print several hundred pages a semester. Most students end up having to use money out of pocket to print things for class. Internet access is one of the few upsides here and the internet speed is respectable. All-in-all, Sarah Lawrence isn't MIT or Stanford, but the computer situation is a little bit above average and not really a problem.

3 College Junior

Computers: Great computer lab on campus at the library - always computers available but only one location


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 376th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 414th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 462nd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 760th
    Fastest Internet

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Jess Unger
Lovettsville, VA
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Spend a semester at SLC, and you’ll have trouble imagining class without the Internet. While some professors still do things the old-fashioned way, most require students to make weekly postings on message boards, as well as to check their email on a daily basis. If you’re not computer literate when you arrive, then you will be before you leave. Most students bring laptops (PCs and Macs, but most students prefer Macs), and it’s not unusual to see students typing thesis reports while tanning on the North Lawn or eating waffles at Bates Dining Hall’s brunch. If you plan to rely on the College computers, beware: terminals are limited. Fortunately, the lab is regularly staffed by helpful, computer-savvy students. There are also specialized labs in the science center and Heimbold Visual Arts Center for computer science and film students.

Likewise, if you’re having technical problems with your personal computer, head to the Academic Computing office, where computer technicians will try to repair your computer free of charge. Ethernet is in every dorm room, computer terminals are fast and easy to access, and the school curriculum offers computer science, graphic design, and digital storytelling courses. Wireless Internet is available throughout campus. Get in touch with Academic Computing for advice on gaining access.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each student is allotted $12.50 toward printing. Color printing is 45 cents a page, and 5 cents for black and white.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounts are available at and
Did You Know?
Signing up for particular classes will get you more print money. For example, if you take an undergraduate poetry course, you can get an additional $10 for printing per class.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 28 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 36 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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