Computers

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
10,324
Tuition
$43,738
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Not having a computer is a pretty big disadvantage in class, but there are plenty of computer labs to use. Each dorm has its own lab, and the main library has many available. There are computers available in some academic buildings as well. The entire campus has wireless coverage, but it's spotty around the edges.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 187th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 188th
    Fastest Internet
  • 196th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 638th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Perry Petra-Wong
Hometown
Pasadena, Calif.
Major
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Approximately 95 percent of Penn students bring their own computer to school. Most would agree that possessing a personal system makes life easier when it comes to late-night work sessions and work on last minute assignments. A computer also allows students to download music and movies, a common procrastination tool at Penn. On the other hand, the fact that so many people own a computer means that those who don’t have more than their share of public computer stations; there are many more public computers on campus than there are students without one of their own.

Wireless Internet is available in every Penn building. The fast and easy connection proves to be important as the school largely bases its communications system around the computer. Some classes distribute information through Blackboard, an online teaching tool, and many important school announcements are made through e-mail. Things are complicated and busy enough at Penn; don’t make things more confusing for yourself by not bringing or renting a computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
In all UPenn buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Charles Adams, College House, Computing Lab, Harrison College House Computing Lab, Huntsman Hall, International Program Harnwell, Long Island Friends of Penn Computer Area, Rosengarten Lab, and Towne PC Labs
Charged to Print?
Yes
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FileMaker, Final Draft, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), MindManager
Did You Know?
  • Yahoo!'s Most Wired Colleges cited Penn College House Computing as an outstanding model for its "impressive tech-support network" and innovative student computing services. College House Computing also sponsors free classes covering topics ranging from HTML programming and Flash animation to using Excel or PowerPoint, mastering hardware basics, and more.
  • The world's first large scale electronic computer, ENIAC, was developed at Penn in 1946.
  • The ratio of Penn students without personal computers to public access computers on campus is 1:1.4. The ratio of students with or without personal computers to computers is 27:1.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 51 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 67 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 75% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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