It is unthinkable to imagine how a student would survive without his or her own personal computer. In fact, it's virtually nonnegotiable that students bring one to SPU. However, there are several computer labs on campus available for students who don't bring a computer. There are also printing capabilities at these facilities, so it is not too uncommon for students not to own their own printer and save space by printing work at the library for $0.10 per page. None of the professors require students to bring laptops to class, but some people prefer using laptops to taking notes the old-fashioned way (not to mention the handiness of the Internet should a lecture turn out to be unbearably boring). Laptops are also practical, if you fancy doing homework in coffee shops or need to escape the collapsing four walls of your dorm.
The University sells student copies of programs like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other essentials for super cheap, so you don't need to have these when you first come to SPU. Computer and Information Systems (CIS) is a department on campus that employs capable students and is available for all your computer-related troubles. If your Internet isn't working, if you have a virus, if there's green toxic smoke coming from your modem, they are the ones to see. The best part about it: They're free!