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.