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5 College Junior

Technology: Good wireless all over campus. Lots of computers in Oneill. Printing is easy and convenient once set up on your laptop.

5 College Junior

Technology: We are extremely lucky with technology. Each student gets 500 pages to print each semester with every page over costing 3 cents. Two wireless networks are available, one for visitors and one password protected for only student and faculty. Bring your own computer, you will need it for writing papers and online assignments.

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4 College Junior

Technology: The tech support and resources are great. However, the WiFi can be a pain sometimes, depending on where on campus you are.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I never had any trouble getting a computer in the lab but I also did not use the lab that often. Free printing quota limits were put in place my sophomore year and they were limited to 500 pages at a time when professors were also moving away from text books toward a variety on online articles so the printing quota was definitely a problem for me. Tech support isn't great - they can help you quickly with minor things but if your computer needs to be fixed it can take weeks to get it back.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Not many labs if you need them. Laptops are a must. Wifi and lan are pretty fast and reliable.


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Boston College maintains an efficient and up-to-date computer lab that is only marginally crowded during exams. Even when
the labs are crowded or you have some kind of computer problem, the lab employees are generally very helpful. Despite the general accessibility of the labs, most students have their own computers. Since most students at BC frequently check their e-mail and use Instant Messenger, the convenience of having a personal computer can’t be beat. Certain majors, such as English or history, require much more writing than others where an individual computer might not be mandatory. So, it really depends on the classes you are taking and what you want to use your computer for.

The school also helps out students by offering the option to buy a computer through the College. If you do this, you will also be able to get your computer fixed free of charge if anything happens to it. The network may not be the fastest in the world, but the freedom offered by wireless connections is certainly a plus. The lab is a noteworthy resource, but most students agree that having a personal computer is preferable to relying on the Campus Technology Resource Center.



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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
The first 500 pages are free, but after that, it's 3 cents a page charged to your student account.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
BC has a web-based service where College users can log in with their BC ID and passwords to access programs including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Stata, Mathematica, and others. After downloading the necessary software, they will be available through MyFiles any time and anywhere there is Internet access.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 120 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 82 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 78% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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