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2 College Sophomore

Technology: Wifi is a huge issue at Mercer. The connection is constantly going in and out.

4 College Senior

Technology: The computers are mostly available in the library with printers. They work as intended and reliably. The computer science department has extremely good systems for their students, and certain departments have Macs for theirs.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Mercer WIFI was the best! Never had problems anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Can be slow at times, but overall the campus computers are great.

College Freshman

Technology: Never used them, I have my own laptop

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The vast majority of students at Mercer have their own laptops. However, there are plenty of computers available for student use in various computer labs around campus. The most popular of these are the computers on the second floor of the library and the Academic Resource Center computer lab, though these tend to fill up quickly on weekday evenings. The Internet network is adequate, but it tends to be slow at times. Though WiFi is available around campus, the system seems to struggle to support the student body, which can be frustrating. Sometimes faster connections are seen on the Mercer computers.

Printing at Mercer costs 8 cents a sheet, so a personal printer may be a good investment in the long run for anyone anticipating many papers or reports. Tech support is generally helpful and although they are very inconveniently located in a remote corner of campus by Auxiliary Services, they are always an easy phone call away.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Yes
Campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Yes
The Computer Science Department has two 24-hour labs, but they're only for IST students.
Charged to Print?
Yes
8 cents a sheet
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Students can download free software, such as antivirus, spyware removal, and file viewers. Mercer students can find discounts to Apple, Dell, and Microsoft at it.mercer.edu/student/hardware_software/student_discounts.htm.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 79 responses

Very weak
Excellent
  • 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 76 responses

  • 8% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 21% 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.
  • 1% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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