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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I worked with a lot of technology while on campus, but not a lot of computer technology. The Internet speed was just fine. Everyone was always online. The only times people got mad at computers were during registration (actual speed problems) and perhaps midterms and finals- but that's normal. Printing is free, unless you print in color. And there are no limits! Some of the tech in the classrooms was old and A/V specialists were called, but hopefully they're getting replaced. There's no free or discounted software to my knowledge, except for Cisco. Tech support was always helpful.

3 College Freshman

Technology: If you don't have a laptop you can still complete your work, but it may be a little inconvenient.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are so many computers on campus. And the school just installed printers in every dorm. I have never not been able to find a computer to use close by if I don't have my own. All of campus has wi-fi so I don;t have to use service for my phone I just use the wi-fi.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Nearly everyone has their own laptop, but for those who don't (due to financial need), the college provides laptops. Computer labs are pretty abundant and the network is for the most part reliable. Having your own printer is convenient but definitely not necessary, as the college provides free black and white printing.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Computers used to be an A+ because each library has plenty of computers for you to use, but Wellesley recently installed this new printing system that adds five extra steps (and minutes) to the printing process, which gets annoying if you're in a hurry.


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Most students say that the available public computer labs at Wellesley are sufficient for their needs. Yes, it's true that around exam times students stalk the aisles of Knapp, breathing over the shoulders of anyone who looks like they're about to leave, but for most of the semester, it is no trouble to get a public computer. While having a computer isn't necessary, it is a very good idea. A printer also isn't necessary since it's easy to pop into a public cluster on the way to class and print out a paper.

Computing at Wellesley is good enough that students do not really have to pay attention to it, and they can usually go about their business with no worries. When a student needs a public computer, there is one, and when a student has problems with her computer, she can easily visitng the Computing Help Desk in the library.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
The Science Center and Pendleton East, but you need card access.
Charged to Print?
Only charged for color printing
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Auguri Academic, Babylon, Inspiration, InspireData, JMP, Microsoft Expression, Microsoft Math, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office for Mac, Microsoft Windows, Minitab, Parallels Desktop, Reference Manager, S-Plus, SAS, SPSS, Trend Micro AntiVirus Plus
Did You Know?
Wellesley uses a Gmail server.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 52 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 46 responses

  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 33% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 63% 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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