Wilkes-Barre, PA
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1 College Freshman

Computers: There are never enough computers.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Library printers are down often, esp. the ONE color printer

3 College Junior

Computers: It is best to bring your own laptop and printer because the computers are always filled up and most people arent doing work on them, they are on facebook and netflix. So it is better to be prepared.

2 College Student

Computers: It is hard to get WiFi in the dorms but in the buildings you can.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Decent. Sometimes it's hard to find an open computer in the library


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1200th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1201st
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1282nd
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1296th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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On-campus e-mail has a pretty good spam filter. All campus computers are equipped with the necessary programs to fulfill class assignments: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop and other design programs, SPSS statistics program and more. The University has an integrative media program which has a state-of-the art studio featuring top-of-the-line design and multimedia software.

Access to computers is pretty good. The labs are usually crowded, but there are several other options if a student can’t find an open computer in the first room they try. Several buildings have wireless, and the rest of campus is slowly heading in that direction. For the quick check of e-mail over coffee, there is access in UCOM. Also, appropriate writing and research classes are held in computer classrooms. In 2005–2006, Wilkes began to hand out flash drives to all students, which is very helpful. In 2008, they partnered with Microsoft and Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on Main Street to sell the most recent version of Microsoft Office Suite (for Windows and Mac) to students for a mere $10 with their ID. There are many complaints about the help desk calls being filtered through a Florida call center, but the IT staff at Wilkes is friendly and helpful, and they are usually prompt when they are notified of a ticket from their Sunshine State counterparts. Digital Wilkes, a strategic plan to enhance technology across campus, kicked off in 2006. With this, the online IT Web site offers alerts, updates, tutorials, and more.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Library, Fenner Hall, SUB, Stark lobby, Marts Center, and University Towers.
24-Hour Labs?
Stark lobby, Breiseth second floor lounge, and the SUB.
Charged to Print?
Each student gets $55 per semester for printing. Each page costs 10 cents to print.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 25 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 26 responses

  • 4% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 73% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
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