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3 College Sophomore

Technology: I brought my own computer to college, but the campus has many available desktops for use. I have never used all of my printing allowance, and it is renewed every semester. For the most part the wireless is reliable, and technology support usually warns faculty and students in advance if there will be difficulties with the network.

3 College Senior

Technology: ITS support is great, but wifi isn't. In some residence halls you can barely even get any. Definitely need your own computer.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own computer and printer, but they aren't necessary.

4 College Junior

Technology: ask if you would like and computer ?

4 College Freshman

Technology: Good amount of computers and printers around.

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The Centre computer network is rarely down, except for posted servicing times. The Information Technology Services (ITS) is a huge asset of Centre's; besides being generally helpful, they also load anti-virus software (for free) on student-owned machines at the beginning of the school year. They have student workers who will come plug in your printer cables when you think your printer is broken, or figure out how to uninstall the 50,000 pop-ups you've suddenly added to your laptop, all at your convenience. There is also an online help desk that ITS maintains for questions about your own computer or Centre's lab computers.

Most lab computers are loaded with all the software you will ever need to complete a project, although for more specialized needs, such as the GSS survey for a sociology class or the Linux machines for computer science homework, you might have to go to a specific lab. Just the fact that Centre keeps their labs up-to-date with both hardware and software shows ITS's dedication to serving the student body. Although the labs are well-maintained throughout the year, there is a tendency for them to fill up during midterm or final time. As far as printing concerns, each student gets a generous amount of printouts, but the labs are sometimes out of paper (again, especially during midterms and finals) and hiking across campus to three different labs before you find one with paper can be a pain.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available throughout campus
24-Hour Labs?
Bingham, Nevin, Olin 019, Olin 023, Yerkes, Young 113, and Young 137
Charged to Print?
6 cents per sheet for black and white, 55 cents per sheet for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Mac OS X, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 3.0, Windows 2000/XP
Did You Know?
  • Centre hires students to be STAs (Student Technology Assistant) to help with tech support on other students' computers. It's one of the better paying jobs on campus; you can apply after your freshman year.
  • Part of your tuition pays for a set amount of printing. If you print more than this, you will have to pay per page.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 33 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 25 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 44% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 56% 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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