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3 College Freshman

Technology: The staff in Murray are excellent and have fixed my wireless connection numerous times, but with that being said, my wireless connection has failed me more times than I would prefer it to.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs, but only the people taking a computer class really use them. Most people use the library, but it's very loud and crowded. It's much better to bring your own laptop so that you can do work anywhere at anytime. You get points to print and most people never run out of points, especially since most teachers just let you e-mail your work. There is an on-campus tech support building that will help with any computer or phone problem, no matter what. They are very skilled. The network speed is great and wifi is great. Printing from your laptop is a little hard.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The wifi has gotten better throughout the semester but it does not always work. The school doesn't seem to be largely technology driven.

3 College Freshman

Technology: You pretty much need a laptop, but you can definitely get away without one as there are enough computer labs around.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Every student has printer points which are plentiful so no need for a printer.


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Allegheny is both Mac and PC compatible. Students almost always bring their own laptop from home. While it would be possible to go through four years of college using only the school’s computers, bringing your own is far more convenient. Different buildings and computer labs somehow work at different speeds, and the library computers are often taken, so it’s important to know where the fast and empty labs are—Arter and Ruter. For those who bring laptops, most academic buildings are wireless, but not all of the residence halls. A good thing to bring to campus is a wireless router. There has been significant improvement in the speed of the network, but getting wireless remains a constant nuisance for students.

While other schools charge students to use lab printers, at Allegheny it's free to print papers or research from campus computers; however, recent green initiatives have tried to get students to save paper. Computing Services created a printing points system to encourage students to save as much paper as possible by cutting off students' ability to print after a certain number of pages. However, students can request more printing points if they go over the limit, (i.e., explaining that 400 pages of Moby Dick analyses from the Internet was vital in passing English 200).

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in the library, some campus housing, and outdoor areas
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The Computing Services Web site has a list of software available on the computers in public labs and what students can download for free or at discount prices. Some of the software includes Diatomic, Hypersnap-DX, Mathematica, Microsoft Office Pro, UltraEdit, and WS FTP.
Did You Know?
If you get on the executive board of certain organizations, their student offices will likely have a fast computer and printer, free at your disposal.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 75 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 65 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 28% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 72% 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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