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3 College Junior

Technology: No wireless in dorms–must bring a router. Macs and PC's available in library and Science Center. Free printing.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Well, we don't have wifi on the residential side of campus. Most students bring routers to solve this. The biggest complaint I have with out internet is what happens when we register for classes. That's when traffic is highest. Every time have registered for classes, the internet flipped out. This prevents some from registering for their top choices.

Regardless, believe it or not, the internet at school is faster the the internet my house!

3 College Junior

Technology: There are way more computers available for use on campus than I honestly think is necessary in this day and age, but you'll go insane trying to do all of your work in a computer lab anyway. We don't have wireless internet in the dorms, which is ridiculous, but they say that will happen in the next year or two. Black and white printing is free and unlimited--take advantage of that while you're here!

4 College Junior

Technology: I would bring a computer to college.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless can be troublesome, but hooking your computer up with an Ethernet cable solves it.


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The average computer-user on campus is happy with the facilities. Only the computer geeks, or the more technologically-spoiled ones, are complaining that the network goes down a lot, since they apparently know of some magic land where networks never go down. I’d say if you’re that Internet dependent, a network going down every once in a while might do you some good.

Beloit has computer labs all over, and so many students bring their own computer that the demand is usually well met. This is a good thing, especially if you don’t want to bother with bringing a computer to campus. The library might give you some problems during midterms and finals, but the Chapin computer lab is open 24 hours, as are both labs in Pearsons. Make sure you print papers and such way ahead of time, though, because you can easily run into problems there. If you have a computer and enough room in your car to haul it over, do it. It’s super convenient, and it will cut some stress when things come down to the wire and everyone without a computer is scrambling around with disks in their hands, trying to print their papers. You decide how social you want to be when you’re trying to get your work done.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most academic and administrative buildings .
24-Hour Labs?
Chapin Hall, Java Joint, Pearsons Lab
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
There are different packages, including Microsoft Office
Did You Know?
You can sit on top of an Indian Mound in the center of campus and work on your laptop.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 40 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 33 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 48% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 52% 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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