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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There's a decently large availability of computers and labs on campus. You can also rent laptops from the library, which is great.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are tons of labs around and there are also a lot of printers all over campus.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The network reliability isn't very good, but there are plenty of computer labs available

3 College Freshman

Technology: sometimes wifi is annoying overall its fine. printing and computers are good

3 College Freshman

Technology: Cell Phone reception is poor


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While there are computers and labs all over campus, a personal computer is definitely convenient. The computer labs on the first floor of the library are usually crowded, but there are other places around campus and on other floors of the library that have labs. Not every student knows about these labs, therefore they are typically not crowded. At Bucknell, students’ computers provide them with more than just a place to type their class assignments—it's also their link to the outside world. Students constantly use Facebook to stay in touch with their friends and to post photos—usually when Monday rolls around, one can expect to find several new albums filled with pictures from the previous weekend. Status updates have become somewhat of an easel, where students can express themselves and learn what their friends are currently doing. Students are so dependent on their computers for social reasons that when they have computer problems or the server fails, students feel out of the loop and disconnected. The Bucknell server is typically reliable, although students occasionally have trouble connecting to the network during finals week because everyone is using it.

The Library and IT Tech Desk is probably one of the most helpful services at Bucknell. While there are a number of engineering students who know a lot about computers, there are many others whose solution to a computer problem is always “restart.” When restart fails, students can head to the tech desk with their laptop or make an appointment for a house call if they have a desktop. Library and IT also has a screen name on AIM, which is used to answer student’s questions if they are having computer problems. Most of the members of Library and IT are computer-savvy students, but there are also some non-student employees. Everybody is always very helpful, and someone from Library and IT calls your room the day after your computer is fixed just to be sure that everything has continued to work properly.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
There are six 24-hours labs
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Creative Cast, Dragon Naturally, FileMaker, Microsoft Office, MindManager
Did You Know?
  • The Library and IT (Library and Information Technology) tech desk is open the same hours as the library.
  • ResNet is the extension of Bucknell's Ethernet network into student residence halls and fraternity houses. Each student living on campus has his or her own in-room Ethernet connection, which can provide access to networked resources both here at Bucknell and across the Internet.
  • Students can bring their laptops directly to the tech desk to be fixed, or a representative of Library and IT will come to their room if they have a desktop.
  • ISR offers a service clinic where students can check in their machines for hardware diagnosis and repair.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 67 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 39 responses

  • 10% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 36% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 54% 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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