Let's face it: Computers are just about a necessity in college. While it is possible to get by without one at Northwestern, as there are computers in the library and certain academic buildings, do you really want to brave the intense snow and cold just to write that pesky research paper? What about checking Facebook, for that matter? If you have any computer issues, don’t fret. Any class that requires computers or computer software will provide some desktops. Northwestern also has an IT team in the Norris Student Center that is available to help with any computer or technical problems that may arise.
The wireless connection is pretty good in most places, but the Northwestern network is notorious for randomly not working or being particularly slow. Each dorm room comes equipped with a jack to plug in your laptop to the school's network. And now for the ever-so-popular question: Mac or PC? The answer is truly up to you. Some schools and majors require additional software that they say works better with a specific computer type, but it really doesn’t matter. For example, the journalism curriculum is taught on PCs, but more than half of the students own Macs. Get whatever computer you feel most comfortable with because, as you will soon find out, your laptop becomes your best friend in college.