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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Campus wi-fi is shotty sometimes, but overall computers are accessible.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless is available everywhere, getting it to work however....

4 College Junior

Technology: there are several computer labs but they center around the same area. so if youre in a different place on campus youre gonna have to walk over to the computer lab center. the network if youre on wireless sucks. its kinda laggy. but if you use an ethernet or computer lab one it is really good. you dont need a printer at all. its free to make copies. i highly recommend to bring a laptop.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Free printing! Plenty of computers available almost anytime. Wireless access not perfect, but good.

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4 College Senior

Technology: The school has four PC labs in central locations across campus. Most students still use laptops and there is wireless throughout the dorms and classrooms though an ethernet connection is often more reliable in places. Haverford offers free printing, which is amazing because I could easily spend hundreds of dollars printing off all my readings and essays.

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Many students have felt that Haverford could certainly offer more in the way of computers, and in favor of this, Haverford has made some significant investments in computing. The 24-hours labs, Roberts and KINSC, are very much needed by those students without a computer or those without a printer. Most students do have their own computers, and it is advisable to bring one if possible. The opportunities to work in your own room or access the wireless network (with a laptop) can be valuable. Laptops aren’t a bad idea; presently, the school has a rather small wireless network, although it is constantly growing. Such networks are becoming more common both on and off campus, and it’s nice to be able to take advantage of them whenever you can. One good idea if you don’t have a computer, or if you focus better working in a lab, is to get a job supervising a cluster. You don’t need to know much about computers and you can keep the lab open late if you want.

While Haverford may not have the most attractive computer facilities of modern schools, its current network and labs fully meet the needs of students, and the administration has established methods of discipline for students who abuse the network. However, like the rest of the campus, computer technology continues to expand and become more available.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Roberts 9 and Roberts 11
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Microsoft Office, Windows XP

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 20 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 14 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 50% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 50% 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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