Internet at Tulane is fast and free, there is a large and accessible wireless network, and printing is free (to a point—you get at least 250 pages). While Tulane’s computer labs may seem a bit scattered at first, they’ve complied with student demand in creating Willow Cyber Café—a multi-purpose room with computers, space to work, interesting décor, and PJ’s Coffee right next door.
You’ll want to have your own computer for both convenience and necessity. It’s also a good idea—though not quite as important—to get your own printer, because you never know when you will need to print a handout or presentation notes before class. A laptop should definitely be something to consider at Tulane, as well, because of the extensive wireless network that Technology Services has set up across campus. You can connect at almost any of the academic buildings and at the newer residence halls as well. This can be a great asset because it allows you to work anywhere with your own computer.
File-sharing isn’t a strong issue at Tulane right now, but these things can change pretty quickly given the legal climate. Sharing copyrighted materials is discouraged by Technology Services, and students are instructed to uninstall any peer-to-peer programs. Tulane’s technicians are excellent with helping incoming freshman to set up their internet when they move in, and with fixing computer problems for students throughout the year.