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4 College Freshman

Technology: You can honestly survive here without ever bringing your own computer, printer, or scanner. The computer labs offer 24/7 access, the internet is extremely fast, and printing is cheap at 2 cents per page. Each dorm room has an ethernet outlet which, when connected with an ethernet cord, can provide internet speeds at 500MB-1000MB per second.

The technology on campus is extremely high-tech, and it is clear that a great deal of money goes towards improving technology for Pomona students each year. ITS at Pomona is accessible to fix computers for free or to address computer related issues. Each academic building has a computer lab or two. The newer academic buildings in particular, like Lincoln-Edmunds, are equipped with expensive Mac Pro desktops in their entirety.

There are problems, however. In some rooms, including mines, the ethernet outlet was completely broken, which meant relying on the WiFi network for the entirety of the year. There are 4 WiFi networks, which makes it unlikely that all 4 will fail to work anywhere on campus, but they have a bad habit of disconnecting, and they are nowhere near as fast as an ethernet cable. The printers often malfunction, and it may take ITS almost a month to fix them.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: They help you out when your computer breaks. It is good.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are plenty of computers for students to use. There are computer labs in almost every building (with plenty of computers), the network is great, IT support is great as well, and there is Wi-Fi everywhere. The only thing that makes me not give it an A+ is that sometimes when printers malfunction it takes a while for IT to come and fix it, which has been inconvenient at times when I've needed something to be printed.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Fast connection speed, a fantastic network, and extremely up-to-date computers are marred by limited accessibility to computers for those who don't have them. Most of the computers are available in academic buildings which are usually closed after hours. Bring a laptop and an Ethernet cord. Printers are cheap, about 2 cents for a double-sided page, and you get 5$ every semester, but not reliable- you might have to travel from dorm to dorm to find a printer that works.

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4 College Senior

Technology: The computer labs can get fairly crowded at crunch time, but they are numerous and well maintained.

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Pomona students, although a fun-loving, laid-back bunch, do have a lot of homework, and much of this is performed on futuristic machines called "computers." If you've never seen one, they are sort of like televisions, except, get this, interactive! The general consensus on the campus' technical options is that the computer situation is so-so. There are certainly more-wired and better-run campuses as per computers, but if you are an atavist who just longs for the heady thwack of the typewriter keys impacting crisp, white paper, then you aren't going to find it here (unless you create your own heady thwacks). There are two 24-hour computer labs in which you will almost always be able to find a computer (there are times when you can't, however) and plenty of Pomona students/com-geeks are at your beck and call to troubleshoot all your computer problems. They even make house calls! They are like the plumbers of the information age!

The Pomona network is sizable and heavily trafficked, and many classes require accessing online databases and discussion groups. This said, it is certainly possible to get by without being some sort of computer wiz-there are plenty of nerds available to lend a helping hand. Of course, no hands (no matter how ink stained and pallid) can help when the network goes down, as often happens, right before you need to print and turn in a paper. It's a good idea to get your work done ahead of time, because professors tend to have low tolerance for tech-related excuses. This is probably because most of them still live in the stone age; many of them still subscribe to ideologies that require them to write everything by hand!

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
The wireless network is throughout much of campus. The earthquake-proofing of California building, however, makes it difficult to get a connection in many of the dorms
24-Hour Labs?
In the first-year housing dorm Lyon,
Charged to Print?
Students are given $10 of print quota at the beginning of each semester and are charged for each page they print. Black and white pages are 2 cents each, and colored pages are 50 cents each.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
If you have any need to send an all-campus e-mail, it's as easy as the push of a button. However, the service is occasionally abused. In spring of '05, the student body President (who, here, shall remain nameless, but who was, for the record, the brains behind the 2005 senior class slogan "'05 is OK,") sent an all-student e-mail announcing that the administration had decided, with a month left in the semester, to institute mandatory drug-testing as a requisite for graduation. This e-mail, sent on April 1st, (oh what fools we were), sparked a near-Orwellian panic in Pomona's population before a few somewhat-more-savvy-than-the-rest-of-us students pointed out that it was April Fools Day. These sort of pranks are met with a hearty "ha ha" from administration and student alike, but any mean-spirited abuse of the all-student's e-mail is met with strict penalties, such as revocation of one's Internet privileges, a fate only marginally worse than death.

Student Polls

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 23 responses

  • 13% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 30% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 57% 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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