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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Plenty of computer labs, though all become busy during exam season. Wireless network is very fast and reliable.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Wifi is very expensive in rez. Most people have there own computers

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3 College Junior

Technology: printing/scanning/copying is easily available. But computer labs are scarce and fill up fast!

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3 College Freshman

Technology: On campus computers are fairly slow, and printing on campus always somehow becomes a hassle.

1 College Freshman

Technology: McGill has very bad computer resources, I would highly recommend someone to bring their laptop or invest in one. The WIFI is good and their online system is informative, but don't rely on their computers.


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Other than a cute scarf, the must-have accessory at McGill is a laptop, hands down. Laptops are essential for taking notes, or, more accurately, Facebook stalking, during the larger lecture classes. The entire campus is covered by McGill’s wireless network, which is actually quite fast. However, if you don’t bring a laptop to school, you shouldn’t run into many difficulties. Other than the larger and more crowded computer labs in the libraries, there is at least one computer lab in nearly every building on campus.

The McGill Web site, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. It’s true; everything you could possibly want to know about McGill and its policies is there. However, getting to this information is a different story. The Web site is a labyrinth of links, and much of it can only be discovered by using the search tool for the specific information you seek. McGill administration ignores this fact, and if ever you have a question, their first response is to direct you to their almighty Web site. WebCT is a resource for students’ individual courses that professors can upload recordings or copies of their lectures and students can communicate with one another or the professor through discussion boards. Minerva, the online database for student responsibilities, such as registration, tuition payment, exchange applications, and transcripts, is the bane of students’ existence. It frequently times out, has a low traffic capacity, and is incredibly confusing. When registration time rolls around, absolute chaos ensues. After refreshing the login page for approximately half an hour, you will finally access the course listings only to find that all the classes you were hoping to take are full.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Throughout campus, including dormitories.
24-Hour Labs?
In the Management building, Burnside Hall, Red Path Library (during exam periods)
Charged to Print?
9 cents per page, 75 cents per page for color printing
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Shatner Student Center

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 46 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 37 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 19% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 76% 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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