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1 College Senior

Technology: gbcwifi is the bane to my existence, its slow, unreliable, and is always down.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless is everywhere, even on Stine Lake which is great when it's sunny out. Bringing your own laptop is preferred, but you can also borrow one from Gtech.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own computer, so I don't have to worry about the labs, but the wireless network is extremely unreliable.

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4 College Junior

Technology: For the most part, printing on campus is easy and quick, unless it is during midterms or finals. The wifi is exceptional and can be accessed everywhere on campus, however, bringing your own computer is advised.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I don't have a lot of personal experience with computer labs but printing on campus is relatively easy, I would suggest bringing your own printer if you can afford it merely due to convenience. There are hours where the printers get backed up and you can't get your papers on time. The network isn't high-speed but it definitely works well. You can stream TV shows and download whatever you might need to.


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Historically, the Gettysburg College student population has had a love/hate relationship with the campus network. When it works, everyone is generally happy. When it doesn’t, it usually occurs at a really bad time (i.e. finals week, mid-terms), and everyone falls into near-hysterics. To the school’s credit, the network over the past few years has never been down for any long periods of time, but the lack of reliability has undoubtedly caused many an extra sleepless night for students having to redo a paper or salvage a Web site.

Gettysburg has allowed students to purchase laptops through Dell at a slightly discounted rate for a few years. Starting in 2008, the laptop purchase program was expanded to include Lenovo and HP. Lightweight notebooks from different vendors are currently being considered for inclusion in the program. All computers purchased through the laptop purchase program include all options and accessories necessary to succeed in accessing both the wired and wireless network on campus. This sounds good in theory, but its effectiveness hinges on the reliability of the school network, which remains slow, restrictive, and failure-prone.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
The majority of campus is wireless.
24-Hour Labs?
Most are open 24 hours during the semester
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Not on software, but you can get discounted Dell laptops
Did You Know?
  • One of the running jokes on campus has to do with the student information resource known as CNAV. This Web site was originally envisioned as the homepage for every student, with access to transcripts, course info, carpooling services, pictures, and more. In reality, CNAV is good for just about one thing: C-stalking, a simple e-voyeurism raised to an art form. Every student on campus has their photograph, course schedule, phone number, and campus address listed. Along with anonymous access, this allows for just about anyone to get the info of anyone else. While a help when needing to get homework or the like from a classmate, C-stalking is generally considered to be no more than a guilty pleasure, but still the most useful service that CNAV currently provides.
  • Gettysburg was named one of the most wired colleges in the country several years ago by a national academic syndicate. G'burg now offers Wi-Fi coverage extending over a great majority of the campus, with plans to blanket the entire area in the near future.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 44 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 33 responses

  • 3% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 70% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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