Many professors at Montreat incorporate Moodle, an online learning system, and require multiple papers throughout the semester. Some classes also require blogs, use of Finale (a music program), or other assignments on the computer. Because of the prevalence of computer-related assignments, students coming to Montreat will definitely need access to a computer and Wi-Fi. There are three main computer labs: two in Belk Campus Center and one in the library. All three are equipped with printers of varying reliability. Many of the campus computers are unreliable and run outdated software, but students can generally find one that works, especially on the third floor in Belk.
Many students bring their own computers, both because of the campus computers’ capriciousness and to allow more freedom. Since Wi-Fi is available widely on campus, it’s easy to write papers over lunch in the cafeteria. There is a small Mac lab in Gaither Chapel that is mainly used for music and Spanish classes, as well as some other art and communication courses. These are some of the only computers with programs such as Finale and other class-required software, so students in those classes will spend a lot of time there. The lab is generally locked but is next to the music faculty offices, so it’s relatively easy to get access during the day. All in all, you can generally access a working computer and printer if you leave yourself a little time to check the labs—so don’t put off printing your paper until five minutes before class.