In the past few years, Ole Miss has been working hard to keep its network running quickly and keep up with the enormous increase in students each year. There are problems with all school networks. If you’re thinking about buying a computer to bring to school, consider the field you have chosen. For instance, if you’re going into journalism, it’s a good idea to buy an Apple computer because that is what the School of Journalism, the S. Gale Denley Media Center, and many newspapers, magazines, and television stations use. In the business school, any PC will work, but there are some programs that will make life easier for you, such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel. These aren’t the only considerations to be made when buying a computer, but they will be helpful in your area of study. The IT department offers a list of system recommendations on its Web site, and many companies—including Apple—offer student discounts on computers, software and other products.
The housing department works hard to ensure that dormitories have Internet access in each room. You’ll need a wireless card to use the high-speed Internet access provided by the university. Even though students agree that above-adequate efforts have been made to accommodate students who don’t bring their own computers, it’s a good idea to bring one if you can for convenience’s sake. There will always be times when you have a paper due and not enough time to start it until the night before. It’s more comfortable to be in the confines of your own dorm room, as opposed to all night in the computer lab where you actually have to wear clothes.