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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer science majors have their own building with their own labs, and the engineers do too. We have a media center with unlimited access to any kind of digital tech (computers, microphones, cameras, etc) and a computer area in the library. I have never needed a computer and not been able to find one. That being said, it's absolutely necessary to bring your own for convenience's sake. Everyone has their own, and it makes life a lot easier.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Tech support is phenomenal and there are computers all over campus if you ever need one that's not your own (though you should definitely purchase one). Wifi has gotten worse since I got here but they're apparently doing something about it.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The tech support is fine. My main complaint is the wireless network. It sucks. Sometimes it takes what seems to be days to load a single page.

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5 College Senior

Technology: Dartmouth has high end technology and prides itself on being very technologically integrated
All classes websites' are integrated on education software systems (Blackboard, Banner, Piazza)
Printing is only an issue once in a while

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computers all throughout campus, that are usually in working order. The only time they will not be functioning is if GreenPrint is undergoing some work. Dartmouth Secure, Public, and Library Public run great. Again, if there is a usually a problem it will be campus wide and resolved promptly. With that said, there is a great need for personal computers, they will be needed for everything.


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Dartmouth’s campus-wide wireless umbrella is incredibly convenient and widely acclaimed. It provides coverage to even those seemingly hard-to-reach places on campus, like the Green, frat row, and the gym. In addition, every dorm room and most public spaces are equipped with Ethernet ports for a faster, more-reliable Internet connection. A student’s laptop is his or her constant companion through the four years of hard work it takes to earn a Dartmouth degree. Incoming freshmen are required to purchase a laptop or bring one with them from home—most students opt to buy one from the school for the sake of convenience and interoperability.

Make no mistake, Dartmouth students are wired. Campus e-mail, or “Blitzmail,” is THE primary means of student-to-student communication among undergraduates. Blitzmail performs a social function similar to AOL Instant Messenger—it’s an easy-to-use, cost-free way of getting in touch with anyone on campus at anytime for any reason. Students speak casually about “blitz”-ing their friends, classmates, and professors, and check their inboxes habitually. Dartmouth’s online course registration tool, bannerstudent, is a service of the Office of the Registrar and also allows students to monitor grade reports, housing information, billing and other administrative matters. Professors will likely use another online program, Blackboard, to keep students apprised of course requirements and assignments.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available throughout entire campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Novack (Berry Library)
Charged to Print?
Students are given a $40 allotment each term to print from black-and-white printers. Six cents is deducted from the account for each printed page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Photoshop, Apple iLife, Apple iWork, Endnote Academic, Endnote Student, File Maker Pro, Mac OS X Leopard, Microsoft Office, Nova Parallels, Symantec AntiVirus.

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 36 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 8% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 83% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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