Most students will tell you that having your own computer on campus is essential. There is wireless Internet access everywhere on campus—even under the big Magnolia tree by Adams Hall—and each room in campus housing has an Internet port as well. As the wireless connection can be very weak in some places, it is advisable to bring an Ethernet cable along to make use of this port. When 2 a.m. rolls around and everyone is on the network trying to finish their homework, you'll be thankful that you brought it. It's important to mention that the Wheaton administration has set up a filtering system in the network that blocks all sites deemed inappropriate. Although some students find this frustrating, as the filter occasionally blocks perfectly safe sites due to certain keywords, it does help maintain student integrity.
Buswell Library contains the largest, most frequently used computer lab on campus, with more than 100 computers, only five of which are Macs. You will nearly always be able to find an open computer here. There are two smaller computer labs in the Billy Graham Center, as well as a 24-hour lab in every dorm. All Wheaton computers, however, have very basic, outdated software, and if you hope to accomplish anything complex, like advanced art design or video editing, you should ask a professor to use the specialized computers in their faculty department or purchase discounted software in the bookstore for your own computer. Although you'll have plenty of computer access if you choose not to bring your own computer to Wheaton, the student body agrees that having your own computer is extremely helpful.