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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are computer labs everywhere, it's pretty easy to find a public computer if you need one. Printing can be kind of a hassle if you don't have your own printer, because it costs like 10 cents a page or something (that can add up if you're printing long readings). Brown's wireless network is available all over campus, but it sometimes won't connect, and is often unreliable.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of computers. It can get crowded though.

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3 College Student

Technology: Brown's wifi is not the best, but there are ethernet ports around campus, so if you bring a cord, you should be fine. Also, do yourself a favor and bring your own laptop, it makes everything so convenient. The financial aid office will work with you to fund one if finances are a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: I am not very familiar with the computer on campus. I only use them to print and do readings.

5 College Junior

Technology: A great deal of good computers


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Computers are a necessary tool at Brown. All papers, research, and communication revolve around having access to computers. The Center for Information Technology helps students adapt their own computers for use in the University network. Every Brown student has a University e-mail account, server space, and full access to most of the University’s computer software and hardware. All of this is in addition to the electronic research tools available through JOSIAH, the library Web site server. The CIT also holds free group and individual training sessions to help students use specific software that the University makes available through their network. Network security is high, which has the positive effect of keeping viruses and junk mail away from people’s inboxes, but also has essentially cut off illegal file sharing on the University’s network.

While many students get by without a computer, the majority of students either bring a computer or purchase one from the Brown bookstore’s computer center or a private company soon after they arrive. The fact that most students have their own computer decreases the traffic at the clusters at all but the busiest times of the year. If you are buying a new computer, a laptop is your best bet—it takes up less space in the cramped freshman rooms and gives you the freedom to bring your computer to any of your favorite study spots. Brown’s wireless network also gives students the chance to access the Internet with their laptop in certain places on campus. In general, Brown’s computers offer more resources than most students could ever desire, and the school continues to expand its computing facilities, taking advantage of new technology as it becomes available.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in all dorms, dining halls, libraries, most caf├ęs, and major campus locations.
24-Hour Labs?
Center for Information Technology (CIT) Building
Charged to Print?
Single-sided pages are 5 cents, double-sided pages are 7 cents. Each student is issued a $25 card at the begining of the year.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Pro, ColdFusion, Director, DV Rack, Encore, FrameMaker, InDesign, Macromedia FreeHand, Office Standard Suite, Office Mac, Ovation, PageMaker, Photoshop, Soundbooth, RoboHelp Server
Did You Know?
Brown has a pioneering computer science department. One interesting ongoing project on campus is the Cave, an eight-foot cubicle where high-resolution stereo graphics are projected onto three walls and the floor to create a virtual-reality experience. The Cave is used for medical, archeological, artistic, and creative writing projects.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 81 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 54 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 17% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 81% 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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