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4 College Student

Technology: My computer actually broke this past semester, and I didn't have any problems finding one to use on campus when I needed it. There are always free computers/rentable laptops in the library, for the most part (both macs and PCs). Tech support is pretty helpful and reliable too. No free printing kinda sucks though.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: There is free wireless on campus, but it can be spotty (especially on the hill), and isn't available everywhere. There are some computer labs and computers to use, but everyone has their own computer.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The network reliability and speed is great. It is usually pretty fast. You may need a personal computer to take to classes and the library does get crowded during exams. Printing can get pretty expensive if you don't own a printer.

1 College Sophomore

Technology: Our school literally incorporates no technology into our curriculum, it's so sad. It will drive this school behind in a few years, no joke.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Just average I would say


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Tufts is a well-wired campus, and you won't hear students complaining about access to computer labs or the Internet connection from their dorm rooms. A large percentate of Tufts students bring their own computers to campus. There is a huge social element to computers at Tufts, and many students use AOL Instant Messenger for all of their communication needs. There are three main computer labs, in addition to computers in the library, although Eaton is the main computing center with two floors and more than 260 computers. Students enjoy that the lab is open later but are quick to complain about the printing charges.

Tufts is not specifically a Mac or a PC campus, and both operating systems are compatible with anything you’ll need for class. The library and the Campus Center have wireless Internet ports as well, so a laptop is probably your best bet if you want to take advantage of portability However, plenty of students choose desktops. While you can certainly survive without one, you’ll be at a social—and potentially academic—disadvantage at Tufts without your own computer.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Tisch Library, Brown and Brew, Eaton, Campus Center, Miller Hall, President's Lawn
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
10 cents/page for black and white, more if color or double sided
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro, AEC Software FastTrack, AutoCAD, Avid Media Composer, Corel WordPerfect, EndNote, Grass Valley EDIUS, Mathematica, Microsoft Office Enterprise, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Sharepoint Designer, Microsoft Windows, Nero, NewTek SpeedEDIT, Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking, SAS, SmartDraw, Sony Creative Software, SPSS
Did You Know?
Tufts University offers discounted prices for Dell, IBM, and Apple computers when purchased through the University.

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 49 responses

  • 0% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 37% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 63% 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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