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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: You don't necessarily need a laptop, but you definitely want to get one just for the convenience. Every time I've gone to the computer labs, there's always a computer open on one of the floors. The school gives you a decent printing limit. You have a certain number of free pages and then you need to pay a small fee when you run out. I print all of my class slides and papers and never ran out. There were only a few instances where the network was funky, but I would say it's better than most schools and tech support are always really helpful.

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4 College Junior

Technology: There are plenty of open computer labs if you need one, but nearly everyone brings a laptop. Every classroom has a computer and projector. There is wifi everywhere, even the parking lots, but the wifi can get pretty slow in residential buildings. However, when plugged in, the network is super fast.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: the computers work fine at the school

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3 College Junior

Technology: I use my own computer because I do not like the network connection at the school. I also do not feel like paying all that money to print when I can use my own.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Not as good as Bridgewater State, but the wireless is okay considering Fitchburg's otherwise ghetto diggs. Labs are ample but a laptop is required for most school work. Network crashes often, which always seems to happen when stuff is due.


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Most students bring their own laptops to school. It makes doing homework or class assignments easier when you can't get to the library or a lab. There are a few computer labs around campus, a handful in the McKay Campus School that are mainly used by business students, and some in Edgerly and Conlon used by the communication media students. The library also has a lab on the third floor for students. This lab can fill up pretty quickly around exam time, but you can also access the school printers through these labs, too.

The entire campus is wireless, so you can access the Internet on mobile devices, laptops, and computers wherever you go. On nice days, you can see many students doing homework in the Quad or the patio outside their dorms or the library. It is recommended to bring an Ethernet cord with you just in case the wireless goes down in a bad storm or the technology department is doing routine maintenance. You may not have to use the cord while you are on campus, but it may come in handy some time.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Edgerly Hall
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
If you buy your computer through the school, then you can have the IT technicians work on both software and hardware issues. If you buy your computer on your own, the technicians only have permission to work on software issues. The bookstore also sells students Microsoft Office at a discounted price.
Did You Know?
  • There is free black and white printing in the library.
  • No matter if you use a Mac or a PC, you must download McAfee and a Nac Agent in order to access the school's network and wireless connections.
  • When making copies you must pay 10 cents per page.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 38 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 24 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 21% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 71% 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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