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3 College Sophomore

Technology: It's not necessary to bring your own laptop, but it is definitely convenient. We do have one 24-hour computer lab with printers, if needed. The network does have its flaws, but with talking with friends from other schools, ours seems to be pretty fast and reliable. Printing is the easiest thing ever and something I am very thankful Wooster provides for us. We just print to our ID card and swipe at whatever printer we want our document to print from. You do not need to bring a printer to campus; it would be a waste of money.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The library has both Mac and PC computers you can loan if need be. There are also computer labs in the library, the Wired Scot, and Taylor Hall. The internet is alright if you use an ethernet cable for downloads or streaming.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: It is impossible to run out of printing money on campus which is great and there always seem to be available computers. The biggest complaint I have is the reliability of the wireless connection. I have a little trouble with my laptop but I have friends who struggle with it a lot. I have a lot of trouble connecting with my phone and so do many other students.

3 College Senior

Technology: There are lots of computer labs around campus, but it's easier if you have access to your own. There are no computer labs in dorms, but several areas in the main library where you can access computers. There are also various other spots on campus that have computer access, but are usually filled when there are semester crunch times.

5 College Junior

Technology: Free wifi around campus, most buildings have a computer lab. Lots of free software most recently Microsoft word. When my computers broke I was able to achieve the same amount of work and socialization via the computer labs, also you can borrow a laptop, monitor from the IT department. You are allotted printing money, you won't use all of it.


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Wooster has heard the cries from its unsatisfied students over the past few years and has worked to improve the computer situation at the College. Although it took out many of the computers in the 24-hour computer lab (the Wired Scot), the school replaced the old computers with new (although fewer) models. There are several computer labs, both Mac and PC, throughout campus in academic buildings and in the libraries. However, almost all students have their own laptops or desktops. Although there are plenty of computers to use on campus if students need them, they are not always available where you need them when you need them. Especially for students that like to do late-night work, having a personal computer is the best option.

Printing has gotten easier at Wooster in the past couple of years, as well. The College has made its printing software available to students, so that they are able to print from their own computers instead of constantly transferring files to Wooster’s computers. Unfortunately, printers are only available in a couple of locations on campus and right before class is a high traffic time. So, the printers often run out of paper or get jammed. Although having your own printer is not necessary, it is good to have a “Plan B” so you don’t have to go to class empty-handed.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
ScotZone, Wooster's secure wireless network, is available all across campus.
24-Hour Labs?
The Wired Scot in the Lowry Center
Charged to Print?
Students are allocated printing money each semester. First-years and sophomores get $60 (1,200 pages), juniors get $75 (1,500 pages), and seniors get $100 (2,000 pages). After this is exceeded, students are charged 5 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Student discounts available for Microsoft Office products.
Did You Know?
  • Students can send and receive faxes in the Wilson Bookstore.
  • Students can use a poster printer in Taylor Hall for classes, projects, or presentations. The cost to print a poster is $4.80 per linear foot. Information is available on IT's website:
  • The College of Wooster recommends the Apple and Lenovo lines of laptop and desktop computers for incoming students. See the IT website for more information:
  • After installing Pharos client software onto a computer from IT's website, students can print to any printer on campus from the comfort of their room!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 96 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 124 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 36% 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.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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