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5 College Freshman

Technology: you're given a lot of printing credits at the beginning of the year, and it's really hard to run out of them. bringing a computer is important though, and having a printer is key if you want to print things out conveniently and not wait for available facilities.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers and printing labs are all over campus; hard part is finding a printer with enough paper or ink.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are many computer labs on campus, a lot of the computers have issues and the wireless internet goes on and off.

5 College Senior

Technology: I've had very few, poor experiences with Loyola's technologies. There were some times when the internet would drop but Loyola is known for having great accessibility via HoundNet wireless.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a lot of computer labs on campus. Printing is okay but can be unreliable and unpredictable some times. There is wireless access throughout campus. At the residence halls there are times where connection is really bad even among several wireless networks


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With more than 18 computer labs (all of which are open 24 hours), four cybercafés, and a wireless network, Loyola students always have computer access. However, during midterms and finals, finding an empty computer in the labs may be difficult. Some students complain about the network being too slow or having too many viruses, but it does serve its purpose. Students can connect to the network from their dorm rooms or labs to get their work done.

Loyola is connected to Groupwise e-mail, Moodle, and Webadvisor. There are computers all over campus and a lab in almost every dorm building. It's rare to go to a computer lab and not find an available computer, but it is more convenient to have a laptop to take around with you on campus. It's convenient for late-night studying, taking notes in classes, doing work on the quad or in the student center, or using during meetings with a professor. Macs are common on campus, but there are some students who do use PCs. Neither is required or recommended, and both work well with the network.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in main classroom buildings, select areas in the student center, the library, both graduate centers in Timonium and Columbia, all college dining halls, and all residence halls.
24-Hour Labs?
All labs on campus, as well as some residence hall labs
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students qualify for discounts at Apple by logging in with their student information.
Did You Know?
  • Loyola blocks and destroys thousands of in-bound viruses each day.
  • Loyola's e-mail accounts have increased from 1,800 to 22,500-an increase of 1,150 percent.
  • Loyola's e-mail messages have increased from 12 million to 67 million messages-an increase of 550 percent.
  • Loyola's high-tech classrooms have increased from 1 to 82-an increase of 8,200 percent.
  • Loyola's Internet connection speed has grown from .5 Mbps to 45 Mbps-an increase of 9,000 percent.
  • Loyola's server room disk storage capacity has grown from 10 gigabytes (billions) to seven terabytes (trillions)-an increase of 70,000 percent.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 85 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 43 responses

  • 2% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 74% 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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