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4 College Freshman

Technology: You need to have a laptop, but they have tech offices and tons of people to help and make sure you are ready to go for anything.

4 College Junior

Technology: Mac's all over campus with dual work station windows compatibility. Not enough print credits for certain majors.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The labs are all really high end and up to date, but there aren't a lot of them. I/T is the most helpful place on campus, they know everything, except how to make the wifi in LB less crappy.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: All the stuff that you'll need to do your work.

5 College Student

Technology: Emerson College is one of the leading colleges when it comes to use of technology in the classroom. One can always rent out mac laptops in the library, each class has a bluray, computer, and projector. There is also a multitude of Mac labs in the college as well.


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Does Emerson have what you need to compose, process, and develop your project? Most likely. Are you always guaranteed the opportunity to work on it when you want? Don’t count on it. The computer lab in the library is usually packed, especially during weekday evenings, finals, and days that your personal computer crashes. Students often complain about the lack of available computers in the library, forgetting that there are other labs that can be used to print and work. The labs in the Ansin Building (180 Tremont) are on the smaller size but are very convenient for anyone who lives on campus. Occupancy of the other labs fluctuates based on classes that may be taught in them.The Walker Building (120 Boylston) has a variation of open-access labs, which are always open to students, and classroom labs, which are reserved primarily for classes.

Because of the hit-or-miss availability of lab computers, students should strongly consider bringing their own. Students can save money by leaving a printer out of their carts and printing in the labs, but, again, planning is key. Emerson offers a network connection for each on-campus resident and provides every student with an e-mail address and network account that gives access to computer labs, Web publishing, and on-line tutorials. Each classroom is also hooked up with at least one network connection. The wireless network reaches into the Common, the cafeteria, and some classrooms and common areas. In terms of software, Emerson may not give you anything—or even provide discounted software for that matter—but the computer labs are stocked with a wide range of programs. Important equipment, such as cameras and editing machines, is also available for rental.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in all dorms, Ansin Building, and Walker Building.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each semester, students get a $5 credit on their student ID. More can be added online or at the Student Service Center. Prices are 7 cents for black and white, 50 cents for color, 75 cents for special, photo ink-jet, and $1.50 for tabloid sized.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, Corel Student, FileMaker Pro, Final Draft, Inspiration Student, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Sharepoint, MindManager
Did You Know?
You can check out laptops in the library that have wireless Internet access.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 85 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 52 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 15% 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.
  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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