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3 College Senior

Technology: The computers on campus are nice, there just aren't that many of them around.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless network throughout entire campus. Unlimited printing. Pretty good hi-tech computers. Definitely a strong suit of this school.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There is always a computer available. It is good

4 College Junior

Technology: I would say that the availability of computer labs and printing is great but the issue is the network. Our wifi is very slow, and more often than not there is a problem with the network, making printing difficult.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Law Hall is open 24/7 with the use of your student id and has a computer lab on the first floor that you can use; you may also use the computers in the Library, but they do close at a certain hour. A computer isn't necessary to bring to class, but you can if you want. You might want to check with your professor to make sure their okay with it, though most are. Network reliability and speed is great, and I haven't had any problems with it so far. Printing can be kind of a crunch on campus if you do it at the last minute, before classes. Printing is available at the library, Thomas Commons, and Law Hall with your student id but you want to print your stuff with enough time because if you print at the last minute you will be late from waiting for everyone else to print their stuff too. You get $16.00 a semester for printing and each page you print is $0.04. Not too bad but because of the block course you may find yourself in a class where you need to print out a lot which can drain those 16 bucks faster than you think. Still, I don't think it's necessary to bring your own printer. I've known a few people that have, but I rarely see them use it. Also tech support on campus is really friendly and helpful. They're sweethearts, so if you have any problems connecting or general computer problems just pop in and ask for help!


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Cornell is fairly technologically forward. There are several labs on campus, though all are located in academic buildings or the library, and the lab in Law Hall can be accessed after hours with a student ID. Most students bring their own desktop or laptop computer for the added convenience of working from their rooms, so the labs are only crowded the last week of each block, when people are escaping the distractions of their dorms. The student fee has a built-in printer allowance, which makes printing at any of the printer/copiers on campus uncomplicated. However, be prepared to have to hike across campus because there are no printers located in the residence halls.

Internet access is good as long as you are plugged in to the wired connection. Wireless access is less available, only in the lounges of the residence halls and in academic and administrative buildings. Cornell relies heavily on e-mail for communicating with students, so power outages that shut down the servers and wireless routers leave the campus scrambling. Cornell uses a Gmail-based program for student e-mail accounts, which means tons of storage and nice organizational options, like a built-in calendar and folders for filing e-mails.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Academic buildings, residence hall lounges, administrative buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Law Hall 113
Charged to Print?
$0.04/black and white page, $0.12/color page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through the bookstore.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 53 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 49 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 49% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 47% 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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