Considering that academics are a very high priority at Whitman, and also considering that in today’s world it’s virtually impossible to not use a computer in academic pursuits, Whitman guarantees that students have access to computers. Most students bring their own laptops, and the school ensures that wireless Internet or Ethernet is available in every dorm, every academic building, and even on Ankeny field. Whitman nonetheless provides several computer labs, most of which are accessible 24/7. In the library, computer availability varies depending on the time of day and time of year, and a student can be hard-pressed to find an available computer during finals.
Not only is the technology available for students and faculty, but it is also well-used. Most students check their e-mail several times a day, and a majority of the communication between the administration and the student body, between professors and their classes, between club presidents and their members, and between students in general occurs over e-mail. Listserves play an important role in the world of Whitman technology, even if listserve debates can get a little crazy at times. Students also applaud the existence of People Search, a program that allows them to find the names, photos, phone numbers, and dorm residences of fellow students, indulging their inner curiosity… or creeping tendencies.