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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are so many computers and printers available for student use on campus, some of which are available 24/7.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I've had no problems with the computer labs or wireless at school.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: I never really use school computers, but they look nice enough. I'm sure they're wicked solid, it's Harvard. Harvard hooks you up with free/super-discounted software like Microsoft Office and programs you'll need for classes. Wifi literally everywhere. Not sure how they do it. Super fast, all the time, all over.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wish there were more iMacs in computer labs.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Pretty much everyone has their own laptop, but I don't think it would be too awful if you didn't have your own. There's wifi all over campus and it's really reliable. It's kind of annoying to have to pay for printing, but you'd probably have to do that regardless of which school you went to.

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Technology is increasingly important at today's colleges and universities, and Harvard certainly realizes that. Students have access to a number of computer labs, and every upperclass house has its own computer lab in the basement. Students benefit from a high-speed Ethernet network, as well as the Wi-Fi (wireless) network.

Despite these positive highlights, the majority of students recommends that you provide your own computer. Access to computer labs tends to be a weakness because of overcrowding, and having to print out an assignment at the last minute can be nerve-wracking when you are waiting for a computer to open. The hardware is there, just be patient and factor waiting time into your schedule if you plan on relying on Harvard's computer labs.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Each upperclass house has a small 24-hour lab and the Science Center's computer labs are open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
Five cents a page for black and white; 15 cents a page for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
A full list is available to students at Harvard's University Information Systems website.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 61 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 54 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 15% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 6% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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