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4 College Freshman

Technology: Not a problem for me.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Having a computer would make our life a lot easier, but if you don't have one there are plenty desktops in the library.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Skidmore is a 100% wireless campus. Having your own computer is not 100 percent necessary, since there are plenty of computers available at school but I think it would be beneficial if you are someone who likes to study in your dorm, rather than the library, especially during the cold winter months. Although there is wireless available everywhere on campus, internet can be slow in the dorms, so an ethernet cable can be useful.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I wish there were more macs around campus

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Great computer availability and printing is free

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Although most students have their own computers (mostly laptops—personal desktop computers are very limiting), there are a lot of spaces around campus to use both Windows and Mac computers. The library is probably the biggest place on campus for public computers—again, both Windows and Mac computers. The computers were all recently upgraded to Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6. There are public computers and computer labs located throughout the academic buildings and Case Center. To use a public computer on campus, you need to log in with your Skidmore ID and password. If certain classes or departments require specific software (e.g., Adobe Suite for art classes, Mathematica, SPSS, etc.), the computers in these departments will be loaded with the software.

There is a wireless connection in the library, as well as in academic buildings, dining hall, and dorms. However, the Wi-Fi is spotty in the residence halls, as most students still use their Ethernet cords. During finals week and other busy library hours, it can be difficult to find a computer, so many students prefer to work on their own laptops. It is extremely common and almost necessary to have your own computer on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Academic buildings, Case Center, library, dorms, dining hall
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Microsoft Office, Mathematica, SPSS Student Software
Did You Know?
Media Services (located in Scribner Library) is a resource for students and faculty for use of technology in classrooms. Media Services provides technological assistance/distribution for classrooms and Skidmore functions. Media Services has a production lab with workstations for scanning, CD-R and DVD-R burning, graphics manipulation, and audio/video editing.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 63 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 42 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 74% 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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