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5 College Junior

Technology: Everything that they have their is pretty up dated. They keep up with the times.

5 College Junior

Technology: The computer system at the school is one of the best that I have had the pleasure of being able to use. The systems are fast up kept and they rarely have issues.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: There is wireless access all over the campus so students can work anywhere they would like, indoors or outdoors. The wifi is quite reliable and fast although occasional short-term breaks will occur. The libraries carry enough computers all with the latest softwares in the typical format of large clusters and in the format of individual workstations. Each house has its own computer room equipped with color printers.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Great Network and Computer Availability – Every house has its own computer lab along with available computers at the libraries. For enrolled students there is wireless internet available that is extremely fast. Likewise, for guests and visitors it is easy to access free wifi. Personal Computers are necessary to access the web with ease. But computer labs and printers are easily available.


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Caltech probably has a lot of computers, and students have access to most of them. The residence houses on campus provide Internet connections, and cable is provided for those living in college-owned, off-campus housing. The computers there run either Windows or UNIX, and there are a few Macs (some houses have a separate lab for the Macs). The house labs have a budget, and new computers, monitors, and printers are bought on a regular basis. Every house also has a student ITS (Internet Technology Services) representative who oversees the labs and helps students with any problems they may have. Students have 24-hour access to all the labs in their houses, which also have printers, so students need not worry about paper, toner, or ink cartridges.

Unfortunately, the off-campus students don't have such printing luxuries. Many students also have access to departmental computer labs where they can gain access to computers or technology within their department. Every research group has its own set of computers and printers located all over campus in field-specific buildings. These labs also have software that is field-specific and extremely useful for students. Having access to departmental labs is a privilege that many Techers enjoy. There are also computers on campus that everyone can access. These computers are located in Caltech's libraries. Caltech is a research-oriented school, and having access to a computer at all times is handy. Students prefer to have their own computers because a good portion of the homework here requires the use of a computer, whether it is a math program or something to prepare a spreadsheet with. Some students here even like to build computers!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Powell-Booth, Moore, Broad, S. Mudd, Sherman Fairchild Library, Cahill
24-Hour Labs?
ITS lab and "house" labs (in the dorms)
Charged to Print?
Students get a $25 allowance per quarter. Otherwise, printing is 10 cents per black and white sheet.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students are eligible for software packages like Adobe Acrobat, Endnote, Mathematica, Microsoft Office, and more. Visit the Information Management Systems & Services site for more information.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 16 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 13 responses

  • 54% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 15% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 31% 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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