Macomb, IL
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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.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are plenty of labs on campus. The main labs get crouded sometimes because they're more convenient or people forget the smaller labs are there.

4 College Junior

Computers: Desktop computers are widely available across campus. The main issue I have with the campus computers is the Mac's do not have a USB port that will support my flashdrive, so it can be a hassel if the closest computer lab only has Mac computers. Black and white printing is free, unlimited, easily accessible, and high quality. Color printing is only offered in the basment of the library and it is expensive and they will not give you change.

The campus wireless network available in every building and is usually very reliable and has gotten much faster over the past year.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs allow for free printing unless you want to print in color. There are more than enough computes labs both in the academic buildings and the residence halls.


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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
St. Charles
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
Library and most academic buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Thompson Hall
Charged to Print?
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 78 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 88 responses

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