Middletown, CT
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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers glitch and take a while to log on.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computers are pretty great; impressed. They're maintained by a student organization too, and that's pretty cool.

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4 College Student

Computers: Most students use their own laptops to do work, but there are computers available in the library for public use, and I have never seen them full. Wifi is readily available all over campus, which is very nice.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: ST lab in Exley is open 24/7 and has rows and rows of iMacs that run both Mac and Windows. All computers have software such as Adobe creative suite, Microsoft office, and other specific applications needed for humanities and science classes. Other computer labs such as in the CFA have Final Cut Pro and other advanced digital arts software. Having a laptop is definitely convenient and many students have one, but it is not necessary.

The new printing system installed a few months ago is great. Your print jobs get sent to the cloud where it can be printed from any printer on campus after you swipe your ID card. You can install a plugin for your laptop that also lets you send your stuff to the campus printers. I don't own a printer and I haven't had a problem as there are printers available 24/7.

Wireless is pretty good. No problem in dorms or in academic buildings. Only when walking outside you might lose connection as your phone switches between wifi routers. Foss hill has wifi but I have never tried doing work there.

5 College Junior

Computers: Very easy to use the technology and help services are always available.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 210th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 539th
    Fastest Internet
  • 640th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 650th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Los Angeles
English and French
Grad Year
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While most students like to gripe about how slow the Wi-Fi is, the computer/Internet situation on campus is actually pretty good. If you're working (or, ahem, watching "Buffy" on Netflix) and need a fast Internet connection, you have the option to plug in with an Ethernet cable, which usually speeds things up quite a bit. The network also extends pretty much everywhere on campus, so you can surf the net while outside, in your friend's dorm, or even on the roof of a building. If laptops aren't your jive, there are also really nice computers available in Usdan, Exley, Allbritton, and Olin.

What they're all complaining about, though, is the fact that the administration promised students better Wi-Fi, and although it's changed, the consensus is that it is not that much faster—if at all. That's a bummer, and it's also inconvenient that you have to re-sign in every time you close your computer or lock your iPhone—but all things considered, these are small problems. If you need a computer with Internet, you will be able to find one, even if the network is being funky.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
In most campus locations
24-Hour Labs?
Hall Atwater (HAS) and Science Tower (ST) labs
Charged to Print?
Five cents per black-and-white single-sided page, 15 cents per single-sided color page (25 cents per single-sided color page in the CFA media lab)
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can save up to 80 percent on Adobe Creative Suite with educational pricing.
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Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 37 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 34 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 65% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 32% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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