Approximately 95 percent of Penn students bring their own computer to school. Most would agree that possessing a personal system makes life easier when it comes to late-night work sessions and work on last minute assignments. A computer also allows students to download music and movies, a common procrastination tool at Penn. On the other hand, the fact that so many people own a computer means that those who don’t have more than their share of public computer stations; there are many more public computers on campus than there are students without one of their own.
Wireless Internet is available in every Penn building. The fast and easy connection proves to be important as the school largely bases its communications system around the computer. Some classes distribute information through Blackboard, an online teaching tool, and many important school announcements are made through e-mail. Things are complicated and busy enough at Penn; don’t make things more confusing for yourself by not bringing or renting a computer.