Computers

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
1,647
Tuition
$34,350
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are so many places on the residence and academic campus that have computers available for use as well as printing.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Printing can be accessed from any computer, computers are the newest Macs and are high quality.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet sucks. It cuts out and sometimes doesn't come back on for minutes. It's slow too.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The library offers many computers and there are computers throughout the school that you can use for email or web. The college gives you $50 of free prints which is great because many students are left with money on their cards at the end of the semester. Depending on your major, you may or may not spend all of the free prints by the end of the semester. The network speed is quite good on campus and the reliability is also good. Many students use their laptops in class because it's faster than writing in your notebook. Some professors allow it while others do not.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There's wifi on both campuses and computers everywhere. If you ever need anything, an HDMI cord, a charger, a camera, a laptop, the tech support at Simmons will more than likely have it. Most classrooms have computers and there are computer labs in most dorms and buildings on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 259th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 295th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 372nd
    Best Network Reliability
  • 377th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
Political Science/International Relations
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Congratulations—you have graduated high school to be greeted by four years of computer addiction. The chime of Instant Messenger can be heard from every dorm room, and the obsession to check e-mail or Web-CT for homework assignments multiple times a day is contagious. But first years beware: Unlike the protection your home computers have, plugging into the dorm rooms can result in a flood of viruses. To combat attacks to the computer networks, virus clinics are scheduled on the Residence Campus. Technology staff is largely made up of Wentworth co-ops running around campus and fielding phone calls from panicking students. Resident students should bring their own computers, unless they enjoy planning their schedule around openings in the Residence Campus labs. But even students with their own computers opt to save files on the network and print in the labs to save money on ink.

The Ethernet network requires patience at times, but, overall, it works reliably. At the main Academic Campus, the four classroom computer labs are less crowded, but don't wait to print your papers out because you'll run the risk of the lab closing for a class. Several departments host their own computer labs. The library provides space for wireless networking and even has a laptop loaning program. Other computers scattered around the main campus are Express Web Stations wired for basic e-mail and Internet usage. Technology is increasing at Simmons. Professors are encouraged to explore the WebCT resources and post assignments, schedules, and discussion boards online.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in several buildings on both the Residence and Academic campuses.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Arnold Hall, Simmons Hall, Evans Hall, Mesick Hall, Smith Hall and in Quadside Café. While these are open 24 hours, entrance into the buildings is restricted.
Charged to Print?
Yes
Students are allotted 350 pages a semester with an additional 50 for misprints. After that, it's 7 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Auguri Academic, Babylon, Inspiration, InspireData, JMP, Microsoft Expression, Microsoft Math, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Office Project, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Windows Vista, Minitab, Quality Companion, Parallels Desktop, Reference Manager, SPSS, Trend Micro AntiVirus
Did You Know?
  • There are 73 electronic and high-tech classrooms.
  • Simmons offers a student laptop loan program; students may check out laptops in the library.
  • Seventy percent of all courses have online content, which includes E-learning through WebCT online course resources.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 34 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 38 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 39% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 45% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 16% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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