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5 College Junior

Technology: I've never had trouble finding an open computer in the labs or the libraries. You could get away with not having a laptop, but I think it'd be very annoying to be stuck in the labs/libraries to do all your work since everything requires working online or on a computer. No complaints about the internet, and the ITS people are very helpful. Cost of printing can add up quick though.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: It is good and easy to access.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: We even got free iPads for one of my classes.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The quality of the labs depends on which labs you are using. The internet is pretty slow--probably a bandwidth thing because it especially sucks for streaming. Printing is really easy. It's not free, but it's very cheap.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: It is much earier to have your own computer, preferably a laptop, because you can do your work whenever you want and not have to worry about finding a computer.

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Almost every student at Yale owns their own laptop; it's very rare to find a student without their own computer. This is because students use their computers all the time to write papers, to access Classes V2, to find library resources, and to submit work. Laptops can be taken to class, the library, the coffee shop, or outside. Make sure to get a model that's light enough to drag around.

However, having your own computer at Yale isn't necessary. Computers are all over campus in labs, kiosks, libraries, and residential colleges. The only time it is hard to find an open computer is during finals week. Labs are also a great place to work when you need a quiet, focused environment.

Almost the entire Yale campus is covered by at least one wireless network. These cover the residential colleges, libraries, nearly every classroom, and areas around campus like bookstores and cafés. The Yale networks are reliable, very fast, and secure. The only places without wireless access are in some unrenovated buildings at the Med School and in some of the Old Campus buildings where the walls are too thick to allow for general wireless (high-speed ethernet is provided).

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides great support services, such as product recommendations, educational discounts, free software, and campus technology information. Student techs from the Student Technology Collaborative are also available at each residential college to help students with their tech problems, from connecting with the network to a frozen computer. Student techs are also available during the first weeks to help new students configure their computers and get connected to the networks.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Almost everywhere on campus: all residential colleges, Old Campus, and nearly every building
24-Hour Labs?
Labs are placed throughout campus and in the residential colleges. All labs are open 24 hours per day.
Charged to Print?
Black and white prints are 7 cents, and color prints are 50 cents.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Free and discounted software is available through the Software Library, including Microsoft, Symantac, Matlab, and Adobe.
Did You Know?
  • Check out the Student Technology Collaborative for all the basics about owning and using technology at Yale:
  • Interested in purchasing a computer before college? Yale has designed special configurations for Apple, Dell, HP, and Lenovo that can be purchased at a discounted price through the companies' Yale stores:
  • Yale also offers a discounted cell phone rate for students and faculty through T-Mobile:

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 86 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 60 responses

  • 5% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.
  • 25% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 68% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 2% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
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