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3 College Freshman

Technology: There are always computer available to use, mostly because nobody does. The wireless isn't super reliable, but we all use it anyway.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: The WiFi is fast, but on some occasions it goes out but that is rare. Students always have access to computers around campus.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: I brought my own computer, which I use everyday for work and entertainment. There are some computers in the library and commons, but it would be helpful to bring your own.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless goes out sometimes, but it's usually back up and running pretty quickly. I haven't run out of printing quota yet, so the printing is pretty reasonable.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Definitely need to bring your own computer, but we have good access to printing and wifi.


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Washington & Lee has a wealth of technology opportunities on campus. With a plethora of computer labs, a well stocked library with every imaginable gadget, and a technology help desk that offers free, knowledgeable troubleshooting, the school gives students a solid foundation on which to build their academic careers. That said, printers can often be temperamental and both grounded and wireless Internet connections have been known to drop in and out of service. For a school nestled in mountains, however, such hiccups are to be expected.

Most students do bring their own laptops, but personal computers are not a necessity for academic success. The University provides enough access to its computers and online databases that wise use of the library or other computer centers can make up for a lack of a laptop. Additionally, the library checks out University-owned laptops, headphones, tape recorders, flash drives, and video cameras, so students certainly do not need a wide array of personal gadgets to do well at Washington & Lee. Overall, technology opportunities at the school are plentiful and reliable.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Almost everywhere on campus---classrooms, commons, fraternities and sororities, the library, residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
Huntley Hall (C-School), Reid Hall (J-School), Gaines Hall, Newcomb Hall, Robinson Hall, Leyburn Library (1st floor and reference area), Commons, Science Building (Science Library, Howe Hall, Parmly Hall).
Charged to Print?
10 cents for black and white, 35 cents for color
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted software and hardware is available through Information Technology Services at
Did You Know?
  • Spam filters and ad-killers can be downloaded directly from W&L's computing site: Hallelujah!
  • The Leyburn Library was just given a $2.5 million facelift to provide much more productive study space on the first floor. In this space, there are now more than 15 computers provided for students 24 hours a day.
  • In the journalism school, computers come complete with high-wattage speakers and DVD drives. Students can keep one eye on ESPN or MTV, courtesy of a cable TV in the lab.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 43 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 32 responses

  • 9% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 41% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 50% 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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