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3 College Sophomore

Technology: I have my own laptop, but, there was a time that it was damaged, so I was not able to use it. Depauw University has plenty of computers for students to use, however, the few problems that I can come up with are the availability of the computers and the networking reliability. The network/wifi in some areas of Depauw are really slow, and sometimes it is just hard to connect to.

4 College Freshman

Technology: pretty good for a university; the wifi goes out in certain areas but avoid those and you're fine. a lot of computers on campus but they still make you buy your own (preferably mac or hp).

3 College Freshman

Technology: They are present if you need them, but you couldnt survive without your own

3 College Freshman

Technology: Some days it's fast and reliable while others it lags and is glitchy.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computers but everyone should have their own, however there are tons of labs, tons of printers so you don't need your own and the wifi is fairly good.

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DePauw was recently named the third “most wired” university, and the campus is still planning more advancements. In fall 2005, DePauw developed a laptop initiative that required all incoming students to purchase a laptop through the University. The University offers discounted rates to students for the purchase of laptops. As much as this can be looked at in a negative way monetarily, this initiative has had a very positive impact on the campus. Students having their own computers means less students are fighting for space in labs and more students are able to work in a variety of locations on campus. Overall, it saves students lots of headaches, especially since DePauw has its own Help Desk on campus to help with any problems students may have with their laptops. And even though students are required to purchase laptops, public computer labs can still be found on campus. There are computer labs located in the Julian Science and Math Center, Roy O. West Library, and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. These labs can be utilized by students for a variety of projects, from writing papers to editing videos for class.

Many students do complain about the cost of printing on university printers. The University charges 5 cents per page, and although they give students 400 pages free, some students think this is hardly enough. For most, however, 400 free pages is plenty, and five cents per page isn’t all that much unless you are printing a large amount of work. Printers are plentiful around campus, and many students choose to bring their own printers to campus. In a pinch, it isn’t hard to find a fellow student willing to help you out by printing off a paper.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Campus wide
24-Hour Labs?
Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and all residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can purchase software, as well as laptops and other hardware, through the Apple and Dell Web sites at a significant discount.
Did You Know?
  • A $20 million grant of distinction for the Lilly Endowment supports information fluency and pervasive computing initiatives at DePauw.
  • As part of the DePauw Laptop Program, the University has opened up a help desk in the Student Union Building to assist students with any laptop problems they might have.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 34 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 31 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 6% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 74% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 19% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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