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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing can sometimes be a nightmare, since you have to go on a special website to do so, but otherwise, it's pretty good.

4 College Junior

Technology: I've always had really good experiences with getting help for technical problems, sometimes printing can be annoying though.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many computers at Earlham, so fear not if you don't have a laptop! The internet is usually pretty fast and campus-wide, but if you need to use the campus computers, there are labs in most of the academic buildings. The computers seem new, too, and are usually very fast, which is convenient if you need to print something out on your way to class.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: We have free wireless access here at Earlham, which is quite reliable and fast. There is no need for a personal printer, but if you are a person who likes to study in their room that you would need a personal computer. There are many school computers available to students at any time.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: They have a very cood IT system, the "Self Service" section of the student area on their system allows for on line calss management, billing,. registration etc...

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There are a number of labs on campus, one of which is open 24 hours with ID card swipe access. When the going gets tough at the end of the semester, the Wildman Science Library computer lab is also open 24 hours. If you're the procrastinating type, don't be surprised at the demand for computers at 4 a.m. with finals week fast approaching. For those students who can't focus in the labs, Lilly Library offers laptop computers for checkout. The wireless network is available in most campus houses, academic buildings, both libraries, and even in the Heart (Earlham's central courtyard). High-speed Internet is standard in dorms, and network folders can be conveniently accessed through an FTP address. This means picking up work on a dorm computer that you started in the library is no problem.

Having your own PC gives you more options, but if your system is unreliable, it may be best to leave it behind. Wherever you compose your drafts, free printing will be available in all computer labs. Plenty of students who rely on campus facilities are perfectly successful. Whether the purchase is worth it for you comes down largely to personal preference and flexibility.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in the libraries, most halls and buildings, and green spaces
24-Hour Labs?
Lilly Library
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students may purchase hardware at academic discounts from Dell and Apple and software from Creation Engine.
Did You Know?
  • Sophos Antivirus software is mandatory software for connection to the Earlham network. Students cannot connect to the network without the most recent Windows updates and Sophos software.
  • Earlham professors are expanding their use of a web-based academic site called Moodle, used to post and collect assignments, distribute readings, upload useful online links, make PowerPoint presentations available, and plan or track progress over the semester.
  • The Lilly Library circulation desk provides laptops that can be checked out by students for use in the library.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 20 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 13 responses

  • 23% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 46% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 31% 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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