Villanova, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The laptop program, which used to supply every student with a laptop paid for in tuition, has now been discontinued as most students elect to bring their own anyway. There are plenty of computers available on campus, and printing is very easy to do. The network can be unreliable at times, but has gotten better. Personal printers are not necessary, but a personal computer will be.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: We had a laptop program that included university supplied laptops, but they have discontinued that service. So I guess everyone needs to bring their own now.

4 College Freshman

Computers: We have somewhere around 10 places to print on campus, including a printing center to do many different types of things like posters. I can think of a few computer labs on campus and they aren't fancy, but I've never had a bad experience. The wifi is down at times but we are usually notified beforehand and it occurs during the early morning hours for maintenance

5 College Senior

Computers: Students receive a laptop twice during their 4 years at VU. The network is reliable and speed is fine. Wireless accessibility is not a problem. Most students have their own printers, but it is not a problem if you don't.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The fact that each student is guaranteed a laptop is great. I already own my own personal laptop but for students who don't, the program that they have is very helpful.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 749th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1119th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1338th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1346th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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Almost all of Villanova is wireless, but some of the older buildings and residence halls still use cables. The service tends to be poor and unreliable in these buildings, but it's pretty fast and reliable everywhere else on campus.

Villanova pre-purchases laptops for incoming freshmen. These are typically used by all students, and some classes—mostly business classes—require students to use programs specific to their Villanova-provided laptop. At the close of sophomore year, students trade in their laptops for a brand new one that they get to keep. All in all, it's a pretty good program, but some students still opt to bring their own laptop or Macbook. Villanova students also have a printing allowance per semester, which is an ample amount, and most students don't exceed it.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
In all academic and common areas (29 buildings in all), South Campus dorms, and Sheehan and Sullivan dorms in the quad.
24-Hour Labs?
Mendel and Tolentine
Charged to Print?
Sixty dollars annually is included for full-time students ($20 for part-time). Black and white copies are 6 cents and color is $1.20 after exceeding the allowance.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Villanova’s UNIT Department has a special partnership with Dell, so any software and computer purchases through Dell are discounted.
Did You Know?
Villanova gives a laptop to each incoming freshman. They turn it in at the end of sophomore year and get an entirely new computer that's their to keep.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 70 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 70 responses

  • 83% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 13% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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