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3 College Freshman

Technology: Wi-fi can be spotty. Also, if you choose not to bring your own printer, you must use the schools and you pay for that. Not terrible, but not ideal, either way.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The computers are reliable.

3 College Freshman

Technology: It's normally good! Sometimes the wireless is slow, so netflix is rough without an ethernet cord.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: The schools computers are great, but the poor wireless connections frustrate students trying to work on their personal laptops.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The internet in the dorms is not very reliable, but there is easy access to computer labs and printers.

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Most students will tell you that having your own computer on campus is essential. There is wireless Internet access everywhere on campus—even under the big Magnolia tree by Adams Hall—and each room in campus housing has an Internet port as well. As the wireless connection can be very weak in some places, it is advisable to bring an Ethernet cable along to make use of this port. When 2 a.m. rolls around and everyone is on the network trying to finish their homework, you'll be thankful that you brought it. It's important to mention that the Wheaton administration has set up a filtering system in the network that blocks all sites deemed inappropriate. Although some students find this frustrating, as the filter occasionally blocks perfectly safe sites due to certain keywords, it does help maintain student integrity.

Buswell Library contains the largest, most frequently used computer lab on campus, with more than 100 computers, only five of which are Macs. You will nearly always be able to find an open computer here. There are two smaller computer labs in the Billy Graham Center, as well as a 24-hour lab in every dorm. All Wheaton computers, however, have very basic, outdated software, and if you hope to accomplish anything complex, like advanced art design or video editing, you should ask a professor to use the specialized computers in their faculty department or purchase discounted software in the bookstore for your own computer. Although you'll have plenty of computer access if you choose not to bring your own computer to Wheaton, the student body agrees that having your own computer is extremely helpful.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
You can access the wireless network from anywhere on campus.
24-Hour Labs?
Dorm computer labs are open 24 hours Monday through Saturday.
Charged to Print?
It costs 6 cents to print a page in black and white, 18 cents for color.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Discounted Mac computers, HP printers, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Design Standard, Adobe Design Premium, Adobe Master Collection, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Studio, iLife, iWork, Logic Express, Mac OS X Leopard, Microsoft Office Pro Academic 2010, Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student, Microsoft Mac office 2008, Sibelius
Did You Know?
  • Wheaton College has an Internet filter system on campus that blocks access to pornography, gambling sites, and any site that provides resources for academic plagiarism.
  • On the Wheaton Intranet, there is a site called "Who's New," where you can look up any student's school ID picture. This site has been fondly nicknamed StalkerNet, as its main use around campus is stalking your latest Crush From Afar (CFA). Oh, by the way, that school ID picture you submit at the beginning of Freshman year will stick with you through your entire Wheaton career. (Unless you pay $20 for a new ID.) Make it a good one.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 57 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 55 responses

  • 7% 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.
  • 60% 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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