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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are many computer labs with printers in the libraries on campus, as well as a handful of desktop computers and a printer located in each dorm. I would not recommend bringing a printer on campus as each student receives money to use printers in the library. You can also print for free in the printers in the dorms (provided that you use your own paper).

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Its pretty solid, there are computer labs and a printer in every dorm.

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4 College Senior

Technology: For the most part the internet and the availability of computers and printers is great. Having your own computer is just convenient so you don't have to rely on the library or the computer labs when you want or need the privacy of your room.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The computer accessibility is good. However, the wireless network is not very good. In many places around campus you just can't get wireless signal, and many times it just stops working.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The computer labs at Mount Holyoke College are always accessible and there are computers in each dorms as well. Though there are an excess of computers on campus, I believe that it will be helpful to have your own laptop for use but if you don't have one there really shouldn't be a problem finding one. The WiFi on campus is very reliable and almost never had a problem with it.


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Mount Holyoke tries really hard to keep up with the latest technology—and succeeds. All the software you should ever need for basic computing tasks, as well as some software that’s just cool, is available on public computers. The people who work in Technology Support and Repair are competent, and they are readily available to answer student questions. You don’t technically need your own computer, but many bring their own if they can. If you have a laptop, you’ll be able to take advantage of the wireless network and various data ports around campus for a little more flexibility in where you work, but you’ll also have to be more careful about thieves—it's a bad idea to leave a laptop unattended, even in the library and, sometimes, even in your room. If you’d like to try the laptop lifestyle but don’t have one of your own, you can borrow one from the library’s circulation desk.

The College has a high-speed network, but one frequently fraught with problems of slowness. The data connection is shared by the other Five Colleges, and it runs through UMass before connecting to the outside world, so problems can and do happen at any one of these junctures. The network administrators are diligent about fixing problems, but it can be very annoying to have the network suddenly go down just when you need it for research (or a hard-earned break from research). In genereal, public computer labs are accessible. However, you are less likely to find a computer during finals, as people will camp out in labs and defend their claim to machines with articles of clothing, books, and papers that remain there for hours, although their owners have disappeared. Residence hall labs are slightly less predictable, as they don’t get maintained as often and may contain printers that are perpetually out of ink.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Entire campus
24-Hour Labs?
The residence hall labs, Kendade lab
Charged to Print?
Students are given up to $30 per semester for printing on campus. Printing in the Residence Halls is free; however, you must provide your own paper.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • Along with your Mount Holyoke e-mail account, you automatically receive network space (storage on a College server, meant for classwork files) plus Web space for hosting Web pages. After graduation, you can keep your e-mail address and your Web space for as long as you want, at no charge.
  • Ethernet jacks are available in all dorm rooms, Blanchard Campus Center, and in classrooms.
  • Students can check out laptops at the Circulation Desk in the library.
  • LITS, Library Information and Technology Services, can help you with anything technology-related.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 71 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 51 responses

  • 14% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 41% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 45% 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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