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4 College Student

Technology: There are plenty of computers available in the labs, so it's not necessary for you to bring your own computer, but most students to anyway as a convenience thing. It can be hard to connect to the network at times but once you are able to connect it works fairly well.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The campus provides a lot with its computers. The only problem is there's only one main lab and during finals it fills quickly

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are a few computer labs, the primary one in Hawthorn which can be pretty useful but it gets busy and can be distracting. I have gotten work done there a few times.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Most college students prefer there own computer for convenience. But if you don't want to buy one, they're plenty of computers in the computer labs and library. Labs and library are located just across the pond, not far. You can use the desktop or rent a laptop out.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are small labs in each of the dorms, which is great for late night printing. There is also the library and computer lab. If you do bring a personal computer or a smart phone/tablet, bring a router as well, since there is no wifi in the rooms. I do advise to bring a personal computer although it is not absolutely necessary. Although there is no wifi in the dorms there is almost everywhere else. It's a pretty good network with only some bad spots.

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The computer system on campus is very convenient and resourceful for the students of Penn State Altoona. There are public computers placed in almost every building except the gym and theater. There are computer labs in the Hawthorn Building, the library, Learning Resources Center, Smith Building, and Cypress Building, as well as all the residence halls. The Slep Student Center has three public computers because most people bring a personal computer to study here.

However, overall, the need for personal computers is very low at Penn State Altoona. Many students do not have their own computers and find no real need for them outside of their music downloading capabilities. Using the computers on campus is convenient, and the labs in almost all of the buildings have attendants that will help you if there is a problem. Most of the computers PCs and run on Windows Vista, but there are five Macintosh desktops in the Hawthorn Building that are equipped with all the Macintosh software programs.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All buildings on campus. The residence halls have access in main areas, but not in the rooms.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Students get 200 free pages of printing a semester. After that, it's 10 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
All Penn State students can log in through Information Technology to access software downloads. Students can also get discounts on Mac computers.
Did You Know?
All the computers on campus have a memory system call "PASS," which can be used to save documents that can be accessed through any computer with proper login.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 60 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 32 responses

  • 6% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 38% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 53% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 3% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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