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5 College Sophomore

Technology: There's even laptop lending program for students in need. It's awesome.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Since Bryn Mawr is an old institution, there are very few classrooms with computers, if any. However, there are multiple computer labs on campus, in different locations for convenience, and they are all equipped with standard Word programs and a few other specialty ones. Some labs only have Macs, and these labs were specifically designed to work with media. If your computer dies, the library has a 4-day loan system, which many students take advantage of. During finals, the labs are pretty packed, but it is also nice to have your own computer so you can go anywhere to work, especially if you need quiet.

5 College Freshman

Technology: Most students have their own laptops but computers are accessible at the library and in every building.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: I have always been able to find a computer when I have needed one. They can be crowded around lunchtime, and definitely when midterms and finals come around. The WiFi signal seems to be strong all around campus, so you can easily use your laptop anywhere. The library is right in the middle of campus and close enough to all dorms that you don't need to have your own printer.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Fantastic Computer System. Free Printing! There are computers in the libraries, campus center, and the Lusty Cup free to use, and they're very fast and reliable. Computer problems are quickly fixed, and the secure network is very fast. Our guest network is of average speed, but no one uses it.
The help desk will help you with networking problems.
We also have 1,200 free printing pages. after that, each page is 5 cents to print which isn't bad and most people don't use up their allotted 1200 pages anyway. You can print from the library computers or use the library printers from your own computer, which is great.
Everything is wireless, so there are no ethernet cords.

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Whether or not to bring a computer poses a tricky question for students who have a computer and cannot imagine life without it. Some teachers, mostly in the humanities and social sciences, use Blackboard for obligatory extended class discussions and frequent course updates. The labs provide enough computers for everyone who needs them, except for during paper crunch times. Before finals, people line up to use the computers, and for one week, Guild turns into a campground of frantic, caffeine-inhaling Mawrters.

During the rest of the semester, most students use the wireless or the Ethernet in every dorm room, and then alternate between using the computer in their room and the computers scattered around campus. No one recommends bringing a printer, as printing from the labs and libraries is cost efficient and hassle free. Whether they have a computer problem in the lab or in their dorm room, most students seek help from the student help desk and find quick and friendly help.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in each dorm room, each library, Guild, Thomas, all major greens
24-Hour Labs?
Guild and Canaday Basement Labs
Charged to Print?
50 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
Students can check out laptops through Canaday Library's laptop lending program.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 24 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 20 responses

  • 20% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 40% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 40% 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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