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4 College Student

Technology: We are a small school so the amount of labs per students and the technology available is ideal. However, being that we are in the woods, the internet can be spotty depending on where you are. For instance, I have lost internet connection sitting on my bed in Botetourt multiple times.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The wi-fi is pretty much everywhere and usually pretty good. Sometimes is goes through bad phases where you just have to be patient and wait for it.

2 College Freshman

Technology: The only computer lab I know of is in the library, so having a personal computer is very important. Printing is inconvenient, so having your own printer is extremely helpful. The wireless access is free and campus-wide, but is often unreliable and relatively slow, especially on registration days.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Everyone brings their own laptop.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: They're generally very reliable and I rarely have an issue with on campus computers in regards to network, printing, wireless access. I don't like the way to charge for printing though, I think they should automatically take it out of flex, William and Mary express.


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There are many computer lab facilities at William & Mary, including a library with three floors full of computers for students to use whenever they please. Still, having your own laptop is necessary and required, considering that this school houses some of the most studious students nationwide, and public computers tend to get snatched up quickly, especially during finals time. It's also convenient to have your own when you want to look up lecture PowerPoints during class, or if you want to write that pesky paper in a more atmospheric place other than the Swem Library. Also, printing now costs 7 cents a page, which can get costly, so it is advised that students bring their own printers to school, as well. 

The computers still run on Windows XP, which has a slow start-up but works efficiently and fairly quickly. The Internet connection on campus is usually very fast, unless the servers are being flooded during class registration. Programs like iChat and Skype that require fast Internet speed work great and are used often and campus-wide without any issues.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
You can use a laptop anywhere on campus with Wi-Fi-some quirky students even test this by climbing onto roofs or standing by Lake Matoaka, far away from the center of campus. It all works!
24-Hour Labs?
Some 24-hour labs can be found in Jones, Morton, and Tyler halls.
Charged to Print?
7 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
The IT department offers several Microsoft Office and Adobe programs at discounted rates for students. Visit

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 105 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 81 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 12% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 86% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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