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Graphic Design with a Minor in Print Media
Fayville/Newton MA

Do I need a computer on campus?

Erin Hazeltine on Monday, 18 January 2010. Posted in Advising & Support, Coursework, Institute Requirements, Residence Life, Student Life

The question of "do i need a computer?" is a very, very common question on tours, and the answer is NO! There are over 1500 student use computers in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and hundred of computers in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, not to mention the other large amounts of computers spread across campus. There are a total of 22 labs spread across campus, and a lot of them are open 24 hours. There are Macs and PC's spread out all around, and the computer labs are not just on the academic side, so you do not have to get out of your cozy slippers in order to do work.
I never truly appreciated this fact, until just recently when my computer sadly had to be shipped out to Apple and I was told it was going to be gone for plus 10 days....I just got an email they are waiting for a part to come in... EWWW! But none-the-less when I realized my computer was no longer doing it's job, it was the beginning of week 5, midterms. The second worst time for my computer to die. So I was planning my schedule around the lab times and spending more of my life on campus (I live off campus). But the amount of labs and their hours posed this situation very easily to deal with!
So no you do not need a computer!
(If you are lucky like me, perhaps your parents will ship you out their computer till you get yours back.... but don't count on it! (Thanks Mom and Dad))

To all ambassadors reading this good luck in week 6!
To all prospective students, or ACCEPTED ED students congratulations, and good luck!

Comments (2)

  • Emily Okey

    Emily Okey

    18 January 2010 at 10:49 |
    I get this question a lot too, it basically comes down to the amount of money you can spend as well as your personal preference. Another question that comes with this (mostly for design majors) is do i need all of the software? The answer to that is, again, no! All of the computers in CIAS (college of imaging arts and sciences) are equipped with all of the software you will need-- plus much more. If you already own CS3 or 4, of course, it doesn't hurt to have it here. The Digital Den (a computer/photo supply store in the SAU) sells some of the software for cheaper than you can find elsewhere. I have never bought it through them though, just heard rumors :)

    And good luck on week 6 to you too Erin!
  • Ashley Hennigan

    Ashley Hennigan

    18 January 2010 at 13:08 |
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