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5 College Freshman

Technology: Tech support for every hall and house, computer clusters in every residence hall, plus many others, high-speeed internet absolutely everywhere on campus

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5 College Student

Technology: We have computers everywhere. It's expected and supported.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Although I would highly recommend getting a laptop for school, that is no reflection on the availability of computers. You can almost always find a free one in the numerous computer labs on campus. Stanford will provide students with free Microsoft Office software that they're allowed to keep after graduation, which is a huge cost-saver. Also, wireless access is available absolutely everywhere.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Besides there being a computer cluster for communal use, there's internet everywhere.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: We have the best IT and computer people at Stanford, ready to help.

2 people found this useful Report

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Students are very happy with the quality and quantity of computing resources at Stanford. The network is reasonably fast, and there are many well-maintained labs. Students generally recommend bringing your own computer—in particular, a laptop. However, if you don’t bring one, you’ll still be OK. The campus is heavily wired, and there are plenty of technical people around to help if you have problems. Every dorm and house includes a staff member called the Residential Computer Consultant, who is hired to help residents keep their computers running.

Stanford’s Internet services might actually be considered a bit slow, given the Silicon Valley location and heavy emphasis on computing. There are occasional outages, and sometimes bandwidth is a bit scarce for connecting to the outside world. For most regular users, however, the network will be more than sufficient. It should be noted that the local area network is excellent. Most residents in the dorms are using iTunes these days, so there’s always interesting music floating around. In addition, the computer labs are state-of-the-art. There is definitely an emphasis on Mac over PC, but PCs can still be found. It is also great to have a computer cluster right in your own dorm, which you can use any time your roommate is making too much noise, your computer is having a problem, or if you don’t have your own printer. Also, Stanford’s UNIX lab is truly top-notch. For engineering classes, you will most likely work directly from Sweet Hall on the various UNIX/Linux boxes, or you can connect remotely from your own computer to use them.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available campus-wide
24-Hour Labs?
Meyer Library and Tresidder Lair
Charged to Print?
10 cents per page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe CS, Final Cut, iLife, Microsoft Office, FileMaker, Snow Leopard, Quickbook Pro
Did You Know?
SUN Microsystems, which was started by Stanford graduate students, originally stood for Stanford University Network.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 104 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 90 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 32% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 61% 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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