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4 College Sophomore

Technology: I've always found a computer and printer when I need one, though I typically only use my laptop.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are enough Computer labs around campus. There biggest one is in the library, there's also one in McMichael and two Macs in the Mosely Lounge. There are probably others but I dont go in many buildings other than these. The library also lets you check out laptops if yours breaks or something, so that's nice. The computers are half PCs and half Macs and are all pretty new and work well. If you have any issues there is a Tech desk in the library and a center near Subway.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Elon's computers are wonderful--the fact that there are computers in many different places around campus is great. I just pray that one day, our Wi-Fi is stronger all around campus!

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: I have never had to pay for printing thanks to my printing dollars. As an elon student you need a laptop. I use mine everyday for all of my classes.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Most computers seem older and have slow connections. There are only two main areas to print on campus which can be incredibly inconvienent. Most courses don't require you to have your own computer for note-taking purposes, but having one is very helpful. Elon provides students with a free microsoft word download before their freshman year which is very generous and convienent.


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Each student is going to have different technology needs, but one thing is for sure—you’re going to have to use a computer at Elon. Bringing your own computer enables you to work whenever you need to without having to wait in line for a computer at a lab. When you’re really busy with all sorts of projects, it’s easier to work from your own room than take a 10-minute walk to the library. Elon offers student discounts for Dell and Apple computers and has allowed students to link their wireless computers with the print network so that students can print directly from their personal computers. Also, many students prefer to take notes on laptops and will bring their computers to class if the professor allows.

The campus has an extensive wireless network that allows students to access the Internet from many different places around campus, both in buildings and outdoors. This can be a great advantage when you want to sit somewhere public to study, do research, or just check e-mail between classes. Campus Security services offers free engraving to recover any lost items, which is always a good idea even on a campus as safe as Elon’s.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Belk Library, Koury Business Center, McEwen Communications Building (all with Phoenix-card access)
Charged to Print?
$70 is allocated annually to each student for printing costs; after that, each black and white page is six cents, and each color page is 50 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Macintosh OS X Leopard, Microsoft Expressions Web, Microsoft Office, Open Mind 2, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise
Did You Know?
  • The Technology Office is proud of the availability of wireless Internet throughout campus.
  • All students are given an e-mail address ( with a password. They are also given a Datatel number, which they can use to log into Elon OnTrack to view their grades, register for classes, view their schedule, as well as other information.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 106 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 58 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 38% 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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