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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are many places to use a computer but few places with printers.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: All top notch macs and dells in the new library, and in other computer labs the computers are fairly decent.

3 College Student

Technology: I wish there were more computer labs on campus or at least a printer in each building.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are many computers throughout campus that are available to the student population, but during exam times it would be best to just study on your computer at home because all spaces are overcrowded and the network cannot keep up with every student on campus using it at the same time.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are plenty of computers on campus and the free/ no limit printing is very useful.


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Computer labs on the Grand Valley campus can be a bit tricky if you do not know how the system works. There are many computer labs located all around campus that are free for students to use. Classes are also held in these labs, so students must be careful to check the class schedules posted outside the door. If there is not a class going on, students are free to use the room. Padnos, or Loutit Lecture Hall, is the most popular. There is also a dedicated "stat lab" and free computer lab (which is never scheduled for classes).

Printing is free on campus, except for color—students must pay 10 cents per page downstairs in the copyroom of Kirkhof or bring their own printer. Wi-Fi is available all over campus at no charge, and there are several networks to pick from. Grand Valley has a log-in system that only allows GV students to access the networks, which is a great security measure.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All academic and dining buildings have wireless.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Printing is free in all computer labs and library areas.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students are eligible to buy software at discounted prices, including Microsoft products and IBM SPSS.
Did You Know?
If you take a computer science class, you are allowed access to a secure site that lets students download programs for free.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 278 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 169 responses

  • 13% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 62% 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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