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3 College Freshman

Technology: There are computers in the library but you really need your own.

3 College Senior

Technology: We are only allowed 1,000 free pages of printing, yet we are required to print some of our course materials. I wish they would make it to where all power points are online and that we are able to take notes directly into powerpoint.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: It's a good idea to have your own computer (especially a laptop) so you can take notes during class and write essays/do homework wherever you are the most comfortable. I found it easiest to have my own printer so that I wouldn't have to rush to the library to print things before class or when I was studying at home, but it's not necessary.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: It's good, too many people complain about wifi, which is not bad compared to other schools (UVirginia, Colorado College, for example)

4 College Freshman

Technology: Great wireless network- fast and easy to access. You don't necessarily need a computer, but I can't imagine not having one. You need a laptop in physics lab, and almost all your other homework is online.


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The computer network is fast and reliable. Most students bring their own computers and don’t rely on the computer labs, but many will freely recommend bringing your own computer primarily due to convenience. Many students like the freedom to work in places other than a computer lab. Illegal file-sharing is rampant, even though the Hopkins administration has been increasing security within the Hopkins network to discourage this behavior. Generally, labs are open only at certain times throughout the day, and in these labs, no one is available to help if you have problems. Printing is cheap but unreliable. If you don’t bring a computer, you won’t have any problem getting work done, but you may feel left out since you will be in the minority.

The computer network is entirely adequate for a school of Hopkins’ size. The Ethernet connection is fast and doesn’t slow down when many students are online. The main computer lab is open all of the time and is centrally located in the middle of campus. It is uncommon to have to wait for a computer. Except for losing information due to file corruption because of the high use of the computers, students have no complaints about computers or the network.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in every classroom and all around campus
24-Hour Labs?
Leaking Hall Student Computer Lab (room 205) is open 24 hours.
Charged to Print?
25 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Log in to the Software Procurement And Renewal System (SPARS) for a list of discount software titles.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 101 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 80 responses

  • 5% 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.
  • 70% 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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