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4 College Sophomore

Technology: I have not used many of the computers on campus, so I wouldn't know for sure. However, the dorm I stay in (Residential College South) has a computer lab that always has computers available and is very handy. I would definitely recommend bringing your own computer and printer because you'll save time and money, however, you can make do without.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers are available at all times!!

5 College Freshman

Technology: Laptops aren't necessarily needed, but you will definitely want them as they make homework easier

3 College Freshman

Technology: It is okay, but I rely on my own computer.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Weir Hall is where students go if they do not have a computer. Although there are computer labs in almost every department building, it is the biggest inconvenience not having your own laptop. Having a computer in college is a must. A lot of classes, assignments, quizzes, and even tests are done through the internet. It is extremely convenient to be able to go to the library and have your own laptop to do your homework on and find a nice spot. Computer labs are often very noisy and there are a lot of distractions. So although the IT atmosphere here is great, I would not go off to college without a laptop computer. Desktops work as well but for the sake of portability a laptop is the way to go.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Charged to Print?
10 cents per black and white page, $1 for a color page
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Microsoft Office, Auguri, Babylon, Inspiration, Minitab, Quality Companion, Parallels, SAS, S-Plus, Endnote, Trend Micro AntiVirus
Did You Know?
  • In 1999, Ole Miss was ranked in the top 100 for most-wired campuses in the nation.
  • Students can access many of their class notes, homework, and announcements using the Blackboard system.
  • In 2003, Weir Hall was created, and has a full-time staff to help out with computer troubles.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 143 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 94 responses

  • 7% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 14% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 79% 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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