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4 College Freshman

Technology: The speed of the wireless internet connection is incredible. It is extremely fast...

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4 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own laptop, which I enjoy using just in my dorm room, though I do not think they are necessary. There are plenty of computer clusters around campus.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: As someone who went without a laptop for a while, it's a minor inconvenience to need to use the clusters, but not necessary.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: lots of availability, but particularly for STEM you need your own computer

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2 College Freshman

Technology: Your experience with computers will definitely depend on where you are. I live in Whitman College, and we have a library downstairs. However, during peak seasons, the library is always crowded, and you'll be lucky if the two media macs are available. I usually go to Butler, because there are less people. Their computers also work better. In the Whitman Library, computers sometimes freeze up while I'm trying to print.

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One Princeton professor started his first lecture by saying, "Princeton students have the worldwide reputation of being both voracious readers and avid writers." He then proceeded to assign several thousand pages of reading for the semester in addition to three papers and a final exam. While this course is definitely the exception rather than the rule, it emphasizes the role of Princeton's workload on the average student's daily life. Many students will find themselves using computers for the whole of their classowork, printing over 700 pages to campus printers, free-of-charge, and reading many reserve readings on laptops rather than waiting in line in the library's Reserve Room.

The University provides students with access to 24-hour computer support resources, including residential computer consultants who live in the dorms and are able to help students work out computer problems, such as a virus, before they have to bring their computers to a technician. For students who opt not to bring a computer, however, all hope is not lost. There are 24-hour computer clusters all over campus. Generally, the computer labs are not crowded except around major deadlines, such as the infamous "Dean's Date," the deadline at the end of the semester for all written work. Some students will hide in the clusters during these intense periods leaving only to eat and shower. For normal assignments, the cluster computers are more than adequate. Students can even save work to a personal, password-protected network drive, which allows them to work on different computers across campus. Short of giving computers away to students, it is hard to believe that the University's computer system could get much better.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
There are more than 15 24-hour labs.
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, PhotoShop; CorelDraw Graphics Suite, Vector Effects; FileMaker Pro; Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Flash MX, Freehand MX, ColdFusion MX Developer and Flash Player 6; Microsoft Office 10; Norton SystemWorks
Did You Know?
  • Princeton's Student Computer Initiative offers discounted desktop and laptop computers, both Windows and Mac, to students. Each student can take advantage of the prices once during his or her four years at Princeton.
  • Princeton's Department of Public Safety offers laptop registration in an effort to curb the rampant computer theft of the past few years.
  • The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers "H-Drive" access to students so that undergraduates can access their files from any computer on the campus network.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 29 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 20 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 40% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 60% 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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