Getting a laptop before going to college is becoming a rite of passage for students, and it is no different at WKU. Many students choose to bring their recently purchased laptops with them to college. While it is not completely necessary, it is definitely recommended. Clearly, it is much easier to be able to do work on your own computer rather than being constrained to a computer lab all of the time (not to mention the extra Facebook time you get if you have your own computer). Owning a computer guarantees that students will have access to what they need at all times without worrying about the slight chance that no computers will be available.
However, it is still very possible to come to campus without a computer. There are computer labs in nearly every academic building on campus, available for writing papers, doing research, checking e-mail, or just surfing the Web. Some are open only during "regular business hours," one is open until midnight, and another is available 24 hours a day. Some labs have printing services available, and each student gets a printing allowance, so it is very possible to save money by not buying a printer or ink cartridges!