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1 College Sophomore

Technology: The wifi is absolutely horrible. At times, I even drive 30 minutes home to finish my online sapling homework due to the in-campus network crashing completely.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Lots of bulky PCs. Software is Windows 7. Decent.

2 College Sophomore

Technology: The wirless connection here is not strong at all.

4 College Junior

Technology: I never have any problems with the compters and wireless is always fast and easy to access

3 College Junior

Technology: Our computer labs aren't all hooked up to printers, which, for the procrastonating student like myself, makes it hard to print out assignments last second. Some computers, like the one I'm on now, are older and the screen resolution is very poor.


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Most students own their own laptops, whether they're an on-campus resident or a commuter. Computer labs come in handy when your laptop battery runs low or when you need to print off some documents. Since there aren't many available computer labs, they do tend to be crowded at times. The best way to avoid crowds is to print off everything you need for the upcoming day, no later than the night before, so you are not running at the last minute before class to print anything important.

The Information Technology staff is helpful most of the time; once in a while an issue may not be able to be fixed, depending on the computer problem. They offer great services to help fix your computer at no charge, if you have any issues that suddenly come up. McKendree supports PCs over MacBooks because the school's tech support only knows how to operate and fix a PC. It's better to purchase a new PC before you start college rather than a MacBook so you can go to tech support for help if you run into any issues throughout the school year. The McKendree Internet network is very reliable most of the time, even if sometimes it can act up and have connection issues.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Piper Academic Center, 1828 Café, Ames Dining Hall, Carnegie, and Voigt Science Hall, just to name a few.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each student receives 500 prints per semester; you can purchase more if you run out halfway through the semester.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
McKendree's Information Technology department provides students with academic software discounts through
Did You Know?
McKendree accounts provide students with 300 MB of network space and 50 MB of email space.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 32 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 26 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 27% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 69% 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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