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Technology: The printers historically break down frequently, though they seem to be improving, and B&W printing is free. Color printing is harder to find, and not for free. Almost everyone has a laptop, which is especially convenient since the Wi-Fi is reliable campus-wide and you can print from your laptop to the public printers. The tech support seems to be competent and readily available, and if you have a problem some other time, there are any number of computer-savvy students around.

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Technology: First, and most importantly, free printing on campus. We have full access to computer labs, all you need is to swipe in with your ID. WiFi can be a little patchy in a couple places, but has been strong for me in the dorms and in classrooms. Most people have their own computers, but there are plenty available and you can survive without one. We have labs everywhere, so there is always a computer available. Unfortunately, our printers seem to be broken half the time, so occasionally you have to run around to three or four of them to print something. The school computers also have all the software we need for CS or math homework (so you can code or graph things without downloading the software yourself).

4 College Sophomore

Technology: A Lot of Options – The LAC (student center) has a computer lab which has about 30 PCs with two monitors. The CS department has 2 computer labs with iMacs. The CIS department makes sure each student has access to a laptop and they're generally ThinkPads tablets/MBP that they lease out. Sprague Library also has a classroom set of new MBP and some iMacs for students to use. Computers are everywhere and indispensable at Mudd!


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The network at HMC is awesome. It's often said that they have the most problems at Mudd because the computer science students are always tinkering with the servers. It's true that Mudders can't go five minutes without checking their e-mail, and a lot of CS majors suffer from "monitor burn" when they go without sunlight for several days. Professors often post Web quizzes, readings, homework assignments, and test-prep material online. LAN games are also popular, and anyone can have their own student Web site, as well as a departmental Web site for whatever your major might be.

The Computing and Information Services Department offers help to students and faculty by way of several resources, including Web forms and mailing list tools, and special workshops on computer-related subjects. The CIS Department even has its own newsletter, Occasional Downtime. A lot of people here build their own computers, and there's always a CS major living next door if you need tech support. But, not everyone on campus is addicted to computers. While some people use laptops in class to take notes, some people don't own a computer at all. Every freshman, however, is required to take a basic programming class in Java. So, if you're not already computer savvy when you arrive at Mudd, you'll get there within the first semester. Aside from some occasional downtime on the servers, the Mudd network is one of the most useful tools on campus.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
All labs are open 24 hours, even the departmental ones.
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Acrobat Reader, CodeWarrior, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, Symantec Antivirus, Telnet, Visual Studio
Did You Know?
  • Mudd's Beowolf cluster was built, node by node, by Mudd students under professor Lisette De Pillis. Mudders are very hands-on with their computers. Any Mudd student can create his or her own Mudd-hosted Web site. Each student room has 100 megabytes of Ethernet bandwidth.
  • Terabytes of movies, computer programs, and just about anything you can imagine floats around on the network. Many servers hosted by students store important data that they'd like to share, such as programs that you will need in class.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 13 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 6 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 67% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 33% 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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