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5 College Freshman

Technology: Bowdoin is rather up to date with technology.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Most of the computers are up to date, and the network is a little wonky sometimes, but mostly everything works ok. It might be a good idea to have a printer, but it's also totally doable to not have one.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: If anyone tells you the wifi is reliable they lied

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4 College Student

Technology: Wireless access for laptops or other personal computers are, in general, very good! In computer labs, there is an even distribution between Macs and PCs, so there's something for everyone. I was a little surprised that I found only one computer lab with updated software necessary for computer science courses, but the programs can be downloaded onto personal computers.

5 College Junior

Technology: IT will solve any problems you may have. Nearly everyone has a computer, but there are always labs open and plenty of computers available. There is plenty of great free software available for downloading.


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With high-speed Internet connection in dorm rooms, libraries, classrooms, the student union, and just about everywhere else on campus, there will never be a place you can’t check your e-mail. There are even a couple computers in Smith Union and Thorne Hall for students to have quick access to the Internet at any moment. Despite the excellent availability of computers on campus, most students bring their own laptop, most likely to avoid trekking through campus in a couple feet of snow. Bowdoin has a computer purchasing plan with Apple and Dell, so computers are available for purchase at a bargain price.

Students appreciate the availability of computers, decent speed of wireless, the software that is available from IT, tech support, and unlimited printing. However, Bowdoin's technology weak link lies in the unreliability of the printing system. Students can set up their computers to print to any of the printers on campus, but the transaction often doesn't complete—much to the chagrin of students who walk all the way across campus to pick up a document—or the printers break down. There are printers in the libraries and computer labs, and when they break, it often takes a while for the problems to be fixed. While students do bring their own printers to Bowdoin, they rely heavily on the printing system to print assignments or articles for class reading. Despite this frustration, Bowdoin is a technologically friendly campus with a helpful IT staff that is always willing to sort out any technological issue.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Coles Tower, Kanbar Hall, and Hatch Science Library Lab
Charged to Print?
It's free to print from the black and white printers.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students get Sophos anti-virus software and MS Office and operating system software (Windows, OS X) for free from Bowdoin IT. Apple and Dell offer discounts to Bowdoin students, and the College offers the Managed Laptop Program-if you buy a recommended Apple or Dell package, IT will provide support and help with any warranty issues.
Did You Know?
  • There are 14 public computer labs and spaces spread across campus, some of which are available 24 hours a day.
  • Most major software packages that are used in classes are available in the labs, so students shouldn't need to purchase the software, unless they want to. Each public lab space includes printers.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 54 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 48 responses

  • 4% 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.
  • 46% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 2% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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