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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Some people feel that the internet at Bates can be frustrating. In some areas of campus, the network is not extremely reliable, and it others it is great. One must pay in order to photo copy, which can be very annoying. Printing is free.

5 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs everywhere, but it really is much easier to have your own laptop. The Bates wifi is fantastic, and you don't have to pay for printing, which is awesome.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Wifi can be incredibly slow at times, but accessible everywhere on campus.

5 College Junior

Technology: There are computer labs all around campus and they are readily available for anyone to use!

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers in every building, with a few big labs located throughout campus. A couple really nice mac labs. Printing is great in that you can print from anywhere on campus and pick it up in the library, but the lines to pick up your stuff can get long between classes. Wireless is provided across campus, but it can be pretty bad, although I think they're working on making it more reliable.


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With the exception of exam times, it’s usually easy to find a computer in one of Bates’ labs. During exams, every building on campus is packed, and study space is as coveted as billboard space in Times Square. Despite the availability of computers, most students opt to bring their own because it is much more convenient, especially late at night when most labs are closed. It helps to have your own computer, but it is not necessary to buy one from the school. Computer labs are often filled with students who actually own computers and are simply seeking an environment with fewer distractions so they can get work done. When students absolutely have to get a paper done, sometimes it helps to work anywhere but their own room. In these cases, the computer labs are really handy.

The biggest flaw with computer resources at Bates is the limited amount of printers in the library, which get slow when 15 students try to print at once. Other than that, Bates is very technologically equipped. If you experience a problem on your own computer, you can take it to the computer help desk. They’re capable of dealing with simple problems, but oftentimes, they aren’t able to help with more complex technological issues, especially those involving Macs. Therefore, exceptionally computer-literate students often become very popular in their dorms—especially Apple experts, since very few people at Bates know much about them. The network at the College is fast compared to those at other schools. In the past, the network had been very slow on occasion, but the school firewalled most of the music-downloading frequencies, and it’s been consistently much faster. Bates does provide a number of online resources, such as subscriptions to journals and the Oxford English Dictionary. Most students, however, will find they spend at least as much time instant messaging their friends and going on Facebook as they do typing papers and doing research.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available campus-wide.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • Bates offers wireless Internet campus-wide with password access to the network.
  • While Bates does offer free printing, the printers in the library are often backed up, especially before each class period. The computer labs in Carnegie basement and Hathorn are less-frequented-great for escaping the crowd.
  • Bates uses Web-based registration and grading.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 21 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 13 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 46% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 46% 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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