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4 College Freshman

Technology: Plenty of computers in multiple locations.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers and printers in most academic buildings, available 24/7 in library, wifi is decent but occasionally cuts out (only for a minute or so)

3 College Freshman

Technology: You need a computer for school work, but you can usually find an available one in the library or in a lab. The internet is spotty in the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are large labs throughout the campus some more modern with MacBooks and some that are on the older side that still use Dell.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Printers are available in multiple labs and in the library. Printing can be difficult at times but a printer of your own isn't necessary.


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Considering that academics are a very high priority at Whitman, and also considering that in today’s world it’s virtually impossible to not use a computer in academic pursuits, Whitman guarantees that students have access to computers. Most students bring their own laptops, and the school ensures that wireless Internet or Ethernet is available in every dorm, every academic building, and even on Ankeny field. Whitman nonetheless provides several computer labs, most of which are accessible 24/7. In the library, computer availability varies depending on the time of day and time of year, and a student can be hard-pressed to find an available computer during finals.

Not only is the technology available for students and faculty, but it is also well-used. Most students check their e-mail several times a day, and a majority of the communication between the administration and the student body, between professors and their classes, between club presidents and their members, and between students in general occurs over e-mail. Listserves play an important role in the world of Whitman technology, even if listserve debates can get a little crazy at times. Students also applaud the existence of People Search, a program that allows them to find the names, photos, phone numbers, and dorm residences of fellow students, indulging their inner curiosity… or creeping tendencies.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
All academic buildings, Penrose Library, Reid Campus Center, and several other locations.
24-Hour Labs?
Penrose Library and all other labs that require student swipe-card
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
  • For its size, Whitman has one of the largest ratios of students per computer at any private liberal arts school.
  • Students in residence halls can arrange to have an Internet connection as fast as 1.5M/256K in their rooms.
  • Students may check out laptops from WCTS (Whitman College Technology Services) if they don't have one of their own.
  • Whitman's Penrose Library is open 24/7.
  • Students using Penrose Library can check out wireless laptops if they don't already have a laptop of their own.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 27 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 27 responses

  • 15% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 56% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 30% 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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