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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer lab is a bit small, but most people use their laptops anyway. Printing is a bit expensive, especially when you have a class (like a ficiton workshop) where you have to print several copies for each students, once or twice a semester. For the most part, internet connection is pretty good, and we don't have too many problems with it.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Printers are limited, computer labs are usually crowded, especially towards the ends of semesters. The internet is usually great, but there have been issues lately.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: It could have been worse. It's not the fastest network I've been on but it's okay.

3 College Freshman

Technology: there is only 2 computer labs on campus

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The computers are really nice macs with the option to use mac or pc operating systems. However, there really aren't that many computers and the lab in the library is often completely full. I don't really have to deal with it because I have my own laptop and I feel really bad for people who depend on those computers to do their work. If possible, bring your own computer!


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Spend a semester at SLC, and you’ll have trouble imagining class without the Internet. While some professors still do things the old-fashioned way, most require students to make weekly postings on message boards, as well as to check their email on a daily basis. If you’re not computer literate when you arrive, then you will be before you leave. Most students bring laptops (PCs and Macs, but most students prefer Macs), and it’s not unusual to see students typing thesis reports while tanning on the North Lawn or eating waffles at Bates Dining Hall’s brunch. If you plan to rely on the College computers, beware: terminals are limited. Fortunately, the lab is regularly staffed by helpful, computer-savvy students. There are also specialized labs in the science center and Heimbold Visual Arts Center for computer science and film students.

Likewise, if you’re having technical problems with your personal computer, head to the Academic Computing office, where computer technicians will try to repair your computer free of charge. Ethernet is in every dorm room, computer terminals are fast and easy to access, and the school curriculum offers computer science, graphic design, and digital storytelling courses. Wireless Internet is available throughout campus. Get in touch with Academic Computing for advice on gaining access.

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Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Each student is allotted $12.50 toward printing. Color printing is 45 cents a page, and 5 cents for black and white.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounts are available at and
Did You Know?
Signing up for particular classes will get you more print money. For example, if you take an undergraduate poetry course, you can get an additional $10 for printing per class.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 41 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 39 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 26% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 69% 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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