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4 College Sophomore

Technology: I love that they provide us with our own laptop, I think it makes IT easier for the entire campus to manage.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The laptops are great, but the internet connection is really slow.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Babson provides all their students with Lenovo laptops. The are great to use in class and outside of class. The network is usually pretty sturdy. If any classes require special software, it is usually free to download and easy to do so. Printing is also free. The laptops are also wireless from any part of campus, so it is extremely easy to the laptops anywhere. The IT Tech Support is also very helpful. I currently work there and we help all students that need help with network, software, replacements, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers (mostly PCs) are available at the library and in classrooms, but not really necessary because Babson provides ThinkPad laptops to every students (part of tuition). Laptops are swapped every 2 years with all the software and programs needed for classes. Printing is free, and although they sometimes break down, they are very good about fixing them right away. Wifi is weak in certain locations (cell phone signal isn't strong in certain places as well), but you can hardwire your laptop into the campus internet with an ethernet.

4 College Senior

Technology: Constantly Connected – At Babson you'll find that people are always on the internet. We have wireless virtually everywhere (pretty much just the parking lots aren't connected). But this is a heavy load for the servers so the internet can be slow. Everyone is issued a laptop, so the public computers are RARELY used. Printing is unlimited, though the printers frequently jam because too many people try to use them at the same time (seriously people need to just go green! ...Babson joke, we love our green pride!!)


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Technology is a very important aspect in any business environment, and Babson is very good about getting the newest computers, software, and other hardware. Babson makes sure to educate students about information technology in their first-year classes and gives them the option to take more advanced classes on management information systems (classes that emphasize how to build a website or set up a managerial computer program). Technology has been updated constantly at Babson. The wireless Internet affects not only the social life of the College, but also the academic life at Babson. Laptops are also distributed to first-year students in the fall. Babson's two-year laptop renewal system works because students get a new laptop every two years.

It takes approximately a month for an average student to get accustomed to the type and amount of work that's required to be done on a computer, which is used in class for taking notes, building financial statements, and quantitative project analyses. Since everyone owns a computer, the labs are mostly empty—even the updated 24-hour computer lab is underused. This may be considered a waste of space by the higher administration, but Babson students actually enjoy utilizing these computers for free printing of materials at their own leisure. They are seldom used in rhetoric classes but are always great for typing papers. Computers are more than just machines here—they are an integral part of life.

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Wireless Access
Wireless is available in all campus buildings.
24-Hour Labs?
Horn Library, Olin Computer Lab
Charged to Print?
There is an "honor code" in place, with the expectation that printing is not excessive.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 28 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 19 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 11% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 11% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 74% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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