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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Get a laptop otherwise the labs are pretty average.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I've never had a problem with the wifi. I'm also in the B-School so free printing.

4 College Junior

Technology: Macs. Macs everywhere. If you want to finish your work on your own time and relatively stress-free, though, you're going to need your own computer. Most of the students have their own, and it can be annoying to have to wait for a computer in PJ's/the library/the b-school or wherever you want to study.

4 College Freshman

Technology: You get a certain amount of free printing every semester. Computers in the library can fill up easily. Wifi is okay.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There are convenient computer labs in the coffee shops and a few in the academic buildings, and you get a printing budget that I've never used all of.


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Internet at Tulane is fast and free, there is a large and accessible wireless network, and printing is free (to a point—you get at least 250 pages). While Tulane’s computer labs may seem a bit scattered at first, they’ve complied with student demand in creating Willow Cyber Café—a multi-purpose room with computers, space to work, interesting décor, and PJ’s Coffee right next door.

You’ll want to have your own computer for both convenience and necessity. It’s also a good idea—though not quite as important—to get your own printer, because you never know when you will need to print a handout or presentation notes before class. A laptop should definitely be something to consider at Tulane, as well, because of the extensive wireless network that Technology Services has set up across campus. You can connect at almost any of the academic buildings and at the newer residence halls as well. This can be a great asset because it allows you to work anywhere with your own computer.

File-sharing isn’t a strong issue at Tulane right now, but these things can change pretty quickly given the legal climate. Sharing copyrighted materials is discouraged by Technology Services, and students are instructed to uninstall any peer-to-peer programs. Tulane’s technicians are excellent with helping incoming freshman to set up their internet when they move in, and with fixing computer problems for students throughout the year.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All academic buildings, public spaces such as study halls, and residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Willow Cyber café is open 24 hours a day (but PJ's closes at 2am)
Charged to Print?
$0.10 black and white pages, $1.00 color pages; each student has a $25 printing allowance, and printing above that is billed through a debit of the student ID card
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software is available through Tulane Technology Services at
Did You Know?
Tulane's Technology Services is a group of professionals tending to any computer need you might have. If you have a problem with your computer, drop by their laptop station office and they'll be glad to take a look at it.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 110 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 77 responses

  • 1% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 18% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 81% 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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