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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computers were definitely available at school, but almost every I knew used their own laptop. School computers were good to use for running heavier programs like Stata for economics.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Lots of solid computers to use, labs are never too crowded. You get plenty of free printing. The wireless network is okay -- it can be slow or unresponsive at times.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There is no lack of school provided computers and technology on campus. Wifi can be spotty and sometimes shuts down randomly which can be a pain when streaming movies or downloading files for classes.

4 College Freshman

Technology: You will always be able to find a free computer at Williams because there are plenty of labs and free computers. The infrastructure of computers is also quite good, and the Office of Information Technology is effective. However, the network, Purple Air, is notorious for its lack of speed and patchiness in coverage, especially during crunch time.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Most people own their own computers and so the entire campus is wireless. The network will have its hiccups on occasion but it usually does fine. Computer labs are available for mac and pc users alike. Printing, however, can be kind of a pain sometimes and so it can be convenient to have your own printer. To my knowledge color printing is only available at one place on campus.


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It’s wonderful to have your own computer at Williams, but it is far from necessary because there are so many labs, and they are never full. Wi-Fi is available everywhere in Williamstown through the school network, including the coffee shop and all the little corners of campus.

The OIT (Office of Information Technology) in Jesup is there to fix any problems that students encounter with computers, from teaching them to use Photoshop to fixing a hard drive. OIT regularly hosts free classes so students can learn new and interesting computer programs to enhance their computer experiences. The OIT equipment loan center allows students to rent every kind of equipment imaginable, including expensive SLR cameras or video cameras and microphones.


Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
24-Hour Labs?
Bronfman 119, Clark 201, Jesup 204/205/207, TCL 216
Charged to Print?
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Autodesk Education Suite, Corel Painter, Intuit Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, SolidWorks
Did You Know?
If your computer has a problem, the geniuses at the Office of Information Technology (OIT) can fix almost anything for free!

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 21 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 22 responses

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