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3 College Junior

Technology: The computers on campus range in age from old windows 98 modems with CRT monitors to machines with 64-bit intel i7 processors able to run windows 7 or emulate linux with speed and ease. If you need computers for anything other than basic web-surfing, document writing, or programming- you'll probably want your own. The computer labs have access to some proprietary software (Gaussian 09, matlab) but if your looking for engineering/visual design software, you're fresh out of luck. Wireless is very accessible but uses SafeConnect which seems to randomly discriminate against some computers and can be very annoying to deal with at times. Of course there is no torrenting either, but that isn't out of the ordinary for most colleges. Printing can be done for 10 cents a page at the library or for free in division-specific buildings if you know where to look. Personal computers are definitely highly recommended- but you could survive without unless your area of concentration revolves around computers or certain programs.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The wifi is spotty at best, especially in Pei (the first year dorms). The library is open until 2am most nights and there are usually computers available in there, but if you need to pull an all nighter without a laptop you are basically out of luck. If you put in some serious effort you might be able to have your student ID card encoded to get access to one of the other two computer labs on campus (that I am aware of) but I never figured out how to do this. Printing is 10 cents per page in the library and I found the card system we use to be cumbersome.

The IT people technically are not there to help you if your computer breaks however they are extremely nice people and will often do their best to assist you if they can anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The Wifi is spotty, and they don't want students to have routers. However, not having a router guarantees that you won't have internet or that your internet connection will be awful.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Although there are computers that we can use on campus, I would recommend that you bring your own as there are normally peoples on the computers in the library. However the non-wireless connection is wonderful! The wireless connection is kinda okay...

2 College Freshman

Technology: Really outdated computers, and the internet is always under maintenance.


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The New College wireless network periodically experiences issues that prevent students from connecting to the Internet. Other than the annoying outages, the connection is fairly fast, though weak in certain locations around campus. There has never been a scenario where a student has been unable to find an available computer in the library. In the "Arc" (Academic Resource Center), there are at least a dozen new computers, as well as some outfitted for media-related purposes. The Mac lab is nearby the main dorms and provides free printing. Students have full access to the lab by swiping their ID card to enter. New College emphasizes writing, and accordingly, most assignments for humanities and social science majors tend to be papers. For this reason, it is always beneficial for one to own a computer.

The New College Forum (an online email server) fosters a sense of community and is a reliable way to discuss pressing issues with fellow students. It is a message board that is unique to New College, and it functions as a timely way to promote events, request academic information, or ask fellow students for assistance, such as borrowing anything from olive oil to a blonde wig. It is a primary means of transmitting campus news, and it connects students in ways that few other schools can. That being said, New College does not offer anything particularly special in the realm of computing. It has everything students need but nothing luxurious. Compared to more technologically oriented campuses, the computing facilities would be considered merely adequate.

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Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 36 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.
  • 23% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 73% 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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