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.