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3 College Junior

Technology: Most computers at Smith are updated constantly and we do have PC and MAC. However, there are not a lot of them, so during exam periods, you'd better bring your own. The network/wireless can really be a nightmare even though the speed is ok if you can get the connection. The wireless is not reliable at the beginning& end of the semester and sometimes using wire connection will not help.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computer labs/printing computers get pretty crowded around finals but there's normally plenty of space.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The labs with Macs are great, the labs with PCs aren't quite as good.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computer labs around campus but they tend to close pretty early. Not ideal for late night papers. Need a laptop for that.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi is fast and reliable and there are always computers available in the library when you need to go print things

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Smithies use computers quite often, for both personal and academic reasons. While visiting Facebook, The New York Times, and every five minutes seems excessive, many students say that checking their e-mail multiple times a day is necessary to keep up with news from professors, classmates, and housemates. Most campus and house events are advertised via e-mail, and weekly bulletins like the Smith eDigest and near-daily Career Development Office e-mails advertise lectures, exhibitions, performances, and job and internship opportunities that are not to be missed.

Many professors assign homework on Smith’s Moodle website, and students often participate in discussions in online forums to prepare for class. Many classes used to offer large course packets with the semester’s readings, but they no longer do because they are expensive to print due to copyright laws and expensive to buy as a student. As a result, most readings are now online, and students must either strain their eyes or spend money to print the materials themselves. While Smith has many computer labs and only a small percentage of students use their computers to take notes in class, it’s worth investing in a laptop for convenience sake. Students who buy a computer through the College’s Information Technology Services (ITS) automatically get a four-year warranty. It doesn’t cover everything, but if you spill juice on your keyboard or drop it on the floor they’ll fix or replace it for free. ITS also sends out virus warnings and new software to students.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available in most academic and administrative buildings, as well as common areas in all student houses.
24-Hour Labs?
There are unstaffed 24-hour labs in King House and Washburn House.
Charged to Print?
5 cents a page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Smith students can get discounts on Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, AEC Software FastTrack, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, Corel Student Essentials, EndNote, Final Draft, Hurricane Dragon Naturally Speaking, Mathematica, Microsoft Office Enterprise, Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Microsoft Sharepoint Designer, Microsoft Windows, MindManager, OnOne Genuine Fractals, Plug-In Suite, QuarkXPress, SmithDraw, and SPSS.
Did You Know?
Smith has a 5:1 student-computer ratio. Compare that to the national average for private four-year colleges of 15:1.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 79 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 74 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 39% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 55% 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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