Computers

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3 College Junior

Computers: There is only one lab that has the programs necessary for classes in my department. It's fine during the day, but when students are trying to get work done at night, they have problems with students who see it as a lounge.

5 College Freshman

Computers: You can use your own laptop or ones that are available on campus.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The only problem is really unreliable wireless access. The wifi is pretty terrible, especially in high traffic areas like the Union.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: WiFi runs very slow at times.

3 College Junior

Computers: The Internet is spotty sometimes, but I never have to worry about having access to computer labs. There are plenty of them around campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 291st
    Best Computer Availability
  • 397th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 1281st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1285th
    Fastest Internet

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sam Chappelle
Hometown
St. Charles
Major
Economics and Spanish
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The lack of wireless Internet and the speed of the provided Ethernet is frustrating for the student body living in residence halls. Connection speed is painfully slow, especially when many users are online. It's not uncommon for students to have trouble downloading assignments or notes posted online by teachers. Computer labs have up-to-date software, but computers are not always available. During peak hours at the library, for instance, it is unlikely a computer will be available. The majority of computer labs are not open 24 hours per day. In fact, times are somewhat inconvenient. In Tanner Hall, for example, the lab is only open for five hours on Saturday and doesn't open until noon on weekdays. The technology available at Western helps students, especially with projects that call for special software or technology, but the vast majority of students still rely on their own computers.

While the Mac desktops that are provided in the labs have up-to-date features and an impressive display, they are not available during peak hours. Most computers can run Microsoft Windows or Mac software, but Windows takes significantly longer to load. One great resource is the library’s Web site. It has useful databases and numerous outlets for students who need help utilizing the library’s services. Most printing is free, but for color printing, students most load the graphics onto a flash drive and take it to the publishing department of the library, where it can be printed for a fee. Computers at Western can help the educational experience, but laptops are useful for all students.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Library and most academic buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
Thompson Hall
Charged to Print?
No
Color printing costs money and must be done at the library.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The uTech Computer Store offers discounts, which are available through their Web site. Students can save lots of money buying software and hardware this way; however, products purchased online through uTech are usually not refundable.
Did You Know?
After a semseter, guava email and westernonline passwords reset themselves, which causes problems for students. Passwords can be changed through the zimbra account, but until this is done, students will not be able to log onto a school computer using their Ecomm username and password.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 80 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 90 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 59% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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