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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The network is okay, but both tech support and printing costs are great. Tech support is super friendly and helpful, and the school doesn't charge us to print

5 College Sophomore

Computers: I currently work as an Associate Student Tech Manager and I can assure you that the computer labs, printing software and anything that we can help you with is fast and easy. The network which we are not in charge of, is sometimes faulty. There are plenty of computers available and convenient but it is important to have your own personal laptop, if possible.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of computer labs and collaboration rooms. The wireless network is mostly reliable.

3 College Freshman

Computers: some times wifi is spotty and sometimes tech support is inconsistent but all in all ok.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Many computer labs available around campus and they are nice computers.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Best Network Reliability
  • 30th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 82nd
    Fastest Internet
  • 785th
    Best Computer Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Monica Vendituoli
Hometown
Nashua, NH
Major
English, Economics, or Political Science
Grad Year
2015
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The computer services at Wheaton are quite possibly even better than at your home. Not many places besides Wheaton have wireless everywhere on campus and a network as reliable as your parents are at constantly calling you when you first leave. Even fewer places have free printing and a simple process to make sure no documents are lost. All you need is your Wheaton ID number and password to enter into the printer to select the documents you need to print. Copying can get a little confusing, as the printers seem to have a mind of their own when it comes to deciding paper sizes, but the library staff is always there to help. Some would think free printing could cause a lot of waste to occur. To make up for this possibility, Wheaton adds the sweetly sustainability component to printing in that printing is double-sided.

In general, students do wish that there were more computer labs equipped with printers, though Wheaton College has both PC computer labs and a brand new Mac lab. Another wish students desire to be granted is a more easily accessible tech support center. Currently, tech support is hidden away in one of the many nooks found in the library. In addition, tech support is not offered during the weekends, which can leave students in a jam if they have computer issues. Because of the library hours, having your own computer is a must.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Dell and Apple are the two vendors for computers that Wheaton College has for discounted hardware. Students are able to download and install Microsoft Office and AntiVirus software for free. Students can also download their own Microsoft products at a discounted price if the student does not want to "use" the rights under the campus agreement. Wheaton College also has a discount program with Gov Connection and CDW-G.
Did You Know?
  • The printers print double-sided to help the environment.
  • The Mac lab is located on the Stacks level of the library, so it is kind of hidden away which can be good and bad.
  • Paper is available in a variety of sizes. The copiers can be very random in terms of what size paper prints out, so it is best to ask for help at the info desk.
  • The people who are at the info desk are very friendly and helpful.
  • There are info desks on the Main and Stack levels of the library if you have computer problems.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 39 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 44 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 14% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 84% 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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