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4 College Freshman

Technology: Most students buy the laptop that the school provides. The wireless internet is really fast when it's working.

3 College Freshman

Technology: You need a laptop but there is a school package available.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Every student is required to have a laptop. Most buy one through the school's discount program. Wifi access across campus is great.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: It's a tech school. It's kind of what we do. So the networks and computers you can buy here are only the best. And the computer help is amazing. The computer science majors here will fix all your problems at the help desk. However every one here has a computer so there are no labs.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Since we are provided a laptop, as a mandatory thing out of our own pocket, we have to make use of it. The warranty on them makes them seem like a great deal, assuming you can be clumsy and would expect to somehow harm your laptop unintentionally.


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The network is fast, and there are plenty of places to plug your laptop in-including a wireless network in some buildings on campus. Rensselaer has a reputation of being one of the most "wired" campuses in the country, and it is a reputation well earned. The high-speed network provides instant access to the Web and also to the RPI server, both of which are invaluable tools for students.

Some classes will require a lot of online coursework, while in others, you won't touch your computer at all. One thing to remember is to check your e-mail regularly, though. The majority of outside communication between students, professors, and TAs occurs through e-mail, and if you miss an important one, you could miss a deadline or schedule change. It's a lot easier than going to a professor's office, though, so take advantage. The laptop requirement-though it can be cumbersome, awkward, and expensive at first-is really a great tool for students. Using computers to your advantage becomes second nature before Thanksgiving break of your freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most locations on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Students receive $12.50 toward black and white printing each semester. Charge per page varies by type of printer (anywhere from 8 cents for one-sided black and white to $1 for a transparancy).
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe and Microsoft products
Did You Know?
With more than 9,000 Ethernet ports on campus, the ports outnumber the students, so no one will ever have a problem hooking up their laptop.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 66 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 46 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 2% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 52% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 46% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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