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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wireless can be slow across campus and getting onto the network from your laptop at the beginning of the year can be a major hassle. Tech support is excellent however, and will do whatever it takes to meet your needs.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are only a few labs, which is normally not a problem until you get to the busier times of the year.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are computers available in the library and Academic Commons, but during crunch weeks its hard to get a free computer. Most of the residence halls also have multimedia rooms with computers which are very convenient.

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2 College Sophomore

Technology: Clark's WiFi reliability is unacceptably bad

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3 College Junior

Technology: Printing costs are astronomical, as many professors rely on .pdf articles instead of textbooks. Printers are often unreliable or out of toner. There is often a "rush" on printers that makes it difficult to get things printed in a timely fashion

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Clark's on-campus Information Technology Services provides support to all students, meaning that means that if your computer breaks, someone will come and fix it for free! As for the campus network, Clark is not the place to fulfill your p2p downloading dreams. Almost every p2p program is severely handicapped on purpose during the work day. After that, net traffic caused by other campus users takes up all the bandwidth for file sharing. But, if you absolutely must have a fast connection, the individual broadband service cannot be beat. Laptop users get the added benefit of a constantly growing wireless area. The wireless network requires students to register with their Clark e-mail address and password at the beginning of each the school year and then again around February because it expires after six months.

The Clark labs are kept clean and maintained. The peak times when they get crowded is usually around 1 or 2 p.m., with that timespan increasing around midterms and finals, but if you plan correctly, you shouldn’t have a problem. Even with such great labs, Clark and the tech department recommend that you purchase a computer before attending the school. You could survive for a little while using the computer lab alone, but it would be the equivalent of ditching the meal plan too early and living off of ramen for a year. You wouldn’t die, but you wouldn’t really be alive either.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Available in select classrooms and outside areas. Wright, Bullock, University Center, Goddard Library, Dana Commons, Dana Hall, Blackstone Hall, Hughes Hall, Red Square, and The Green.
24-Hour Labs?
No
Charged to Print?
No
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Microsoft programs, including Windows XP Pro, and printer supplies can be purchased, along with Apple, Dell, and Hewlett Packard products.
Did You Know?
  • Are you a computer geek? Want some money? The Information Technology department employs students as help desk workers and desktop support technicians. They pay the highest wages of any on-campus jobs, but apply ASAP since the waiting list can get over a semester long!
  • For those needy Web surfers or online gamers that crave speed, Clark offers a dedicated high-speed cable connection that can be purchased through Charter Cable Company at a significantly discounted rate. If you do a lot of downloading or gaming, then check this out-it's very worth it.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 61 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • 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 38 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 26% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 71% 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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