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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Not having a computer is a pretty big disadvantage in class, but there are plenty of computer labs to use. Each dorm has its own lab, and the main library has many available. There are computers available in some academic buildings as well. The entire campus has wireless coverage, but it's spotty around the edges.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The WiFi fails sometimes, but printing is available in lots of places, and almost everyone has their own computer.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Pretty good wifi connections even outside, but you definitely need your own computer. Professors seem more and more accepting of emailed assignments so a printer isn't even always necessary anymore.

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4 College Junior

Technology: The technology resources are great and I have no complaints.

5 College Junior

Technology: We have a lot of computers in the computer lab.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
In all UPenn buildings
24-Hour Labs?
Charles Adams, College House, Computing Lab, Harrison College House Computing Lab, Huntsman Hall, International Program Harnwell, Long Island Friends of Penn Computer Area, Rosengarten Lab, and Towne PC Labs
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Corel Painter, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FileMaker, Final Draft, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), MindManager
Did You Know?
  • Yahoo!'s Most Wired Colleges cited Penn College House Computing as an outstanding model for its "impressive tech-support network" and innovative student computing services. College House Computing also sponsors free classes covering topics ranging from HTML programming and Flash animation to using Excel or PowerPoint, mastering hardware basics, and more.
  • The world's first large scale electronic computer, ENIAC, was developed at Penn in 1946.
  • The ratio of Penn students without personal computers to public access computers on campus is 1:1.4. The ratio of students with or without personal computers to computers is 27:1.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 88 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 66 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 20% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 76% 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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