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Technology: There are plenty of computer labs and they have a variety of computers to choose from! Most students own a laptop as it is just convenient. However, I know a few individuals who do not and only use computer labs and are perfectly happy! Most students own Macs, but don't feel pressured to buy one if you'd prefer a PC.

The tech support is okay. It's mostly run by students who don't know how to fix a number of problems, so that can be annoying at times.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: I work in the ITS department as a student worker. Technology-wise, you need it we have it.

3 College Student

Technology: wireless is available in most part of campus

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computers at Colby. Colby is also 50% Mac and 50% PC, though I think at least in the biology labs, the desktops are all Mac. Computer software is always updated (currently at Windows7 and the most recent version of OSX software). The network speed is actually impressive, but the network reliability can be a bit shaky sometimes, especially in certain dorms. For some reason, the internet sometimes just shuts off and on. This can be quite annoying, and it happens for certain periods of time, but most of the time, the connection is rather strong. You do not necessarily need to bring a laptop, but it is just usefull to be able to use computer in you room. You can easily go to the library where you can print out black and white for free and color for a small charge.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are more than enough computers available throughout the libraries on campus. The internet can sometimes be spotty (randomly shutting off and turning back on) but for the most part doesn't affect schoolwork. Printing is free, but copying costs money (not sure how much). I would strongly recommend getting your own laptop for entertainment and for writing assignments for labs and for writing classes.


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There are plenty of computers and computer labs sprinkled throughout campus for general use, and there is at least one computer lab and printer available in each academic building. Almost everyone brings computers, but it’s up to you to decide if you want a laptop or a desktop, a PC or a Mac. Colby also rents out (for free) Macbooks for short periods of time. Colby has wireless Internet in every academic building, dormitory, and public area, as well as Ethernet jacks in every dorm room. Though the network isn't perfect, it is very reliable and rarely doesn’t work. Printing is free campus-wide.

Campus Information Technology Services (ITS) is very helpful and alerts students of possible spam, viruses, and other problems that may arise. There is also a student-run help desk that is available every day until 10 p.m. Colby ITS also rents out media equipment for free, including projectors, digital cameras, video cameras, and other high-tech equipment. Overall, incoming students should be prepared to use computers a lot at Colby!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Entire campus
24-Hour Labs?
Lovejoy lab, Miller Street lab
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Colby provides several software programs for free, including Microsoft Office, Endnote, and ChemOffice Ultra.
Did You Know?
Colby's campus has two high-speed wireless networks, as well as Ethernet jacks in every dorm room.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 45 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 54 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 59% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 4% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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