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4 College Freshman

Technology: GW1x can be okay, but it's most definitely better than other campuses. Some days it can be slow, but the university usually send emails warning about system update days. I highly suggest buying a mac. A classroom on any given day can look like an apple ad.

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3 College Junior

Technology: There are labs, but everyone has their own computers. The WIFI is always out or slow.

2 College Freshman

Technology: I pay too much to have such horrible wifi.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Overall its pretty great. I would suggest having a computer but the library does have enough computers to survive without one for work. Though printing does cost and occasionally internet is down, computers and technology at the campus are well managed.

4 College Student

Technology: Tech-forward classes; internet service here:


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And the survey says, "Bring your own computer to school!" Although GW has several computer labs in convenient locations such as the Marvin Center and most dorms, the majority of students say they cannot live without their personal computers. Students must type all of their papers and assignments, which is easier to do from a dorm room than a crowded computer lab. Most students also want a computer for personal reasons. Everyone at GW is constantly on AOL Instant Messenger, which makes keeping in touch with friends convenient. Since all dorm rooms are capable of Ethernet connection, it makes sense to bring a computer to school.

For those students who cannot bring a computer to school, GW's labs, located all over campus, are adequate. However, the labs can get really crowded about a half an hour before classes begin, and it is almost impossible to get a computer during exam time. In May 2004, GW increased the printing fee from seven to nine cents per page in all University computer labs excluding those in residence halls, so it is wise to purchase a printer if you plan on printing a lot of documents. Although the University is trying to expand its wireless network, a complete classroom conversion will not happen for years, if ever. GW's labs are just fine, but are often crowded, and computers sometimes break. That and the printing fee, which could increase even more in the future, make personal computers a worthwhile investment.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Gelman Library and Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon campus
Charged to Print?
9 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Did You Know?
  • Each student receives an Ethernet (high-speed Internet connection) in his or her dorm room.
  • The University continues to expand wireless access over all of campus, including in dorms, with the goal of providing a completely wireless campus.
  • For students and alumni, GW recently upgraded its old Colonial Mail e-mail service to a GWMail service in cooperation with Google. GW students use e-mail in the same interface as Google Mail (Gmail), get over 6GB of storage space, and receive most of the same features as Gmail, including the Google chat, calendar, and documents features.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 143 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 114 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 11% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 85% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 2% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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