Principia College is always changing and upgrading its technological facilities, and it is pleased to offer state-of-the-art computer labs, a campus-wide school network, and wireless Internet in all houses and academic buildings. This page will provide you with an overview of technology use at Principia. For more detailed information, please visit the Computer Services page.
Personally Owned Computers
For those who plan to purchase and bring a personal computer, we recommend a laptop or tablet computer. These offer the benefit of portability for use in house living rooms, classrooms, the library, and other buildings. They also make the best use of desk space. Students are also welcome to bring desktop computers.
Roughly half of our students bring Apple Macintosh computers. Most of the rest bring computers of various brands that use Microsoft Windows. Both types work well in our environment.
For detailed information about recommended operating systems and software, please click here.
Principia Purchase Plans
Principia is grateful to offer purchase plans in conjunction with Apple and Dell. Dell’s discount is 7% on selected models. Apple’s discounts are variable and generally attractive.
Although most of our students use Wi-Fi exclusively for connectivity, every dorm room has at least one wired Ethernet port. On request, the College will supply one wired Ethernet port for each bed in a dorm room.
Principia provides each student with an e-mail box on Principia’s system and expects students to check it daily for all Principia business. Principia e-mail boxes remain available to students during breaks and from any computer with a browser and an Internet connection.
Students are welcome to continue to use non-Principia e-mail services for personal correspondence.
The consumer versions of those products are built for ease of set-up at home, but provide features that can interfere with the College network, impacting both the computer user and his or her neighbors. Any individual operating such a personal network device is subject to both regulatory fines and fees for damages.
In addition to maintaining the network and Principia owned computers, the HelpDesk will also assist with problems on personally owned computers. Work on personally owned computers is generally billable at $50.00/hour in ¼ hour increments. Owners will be asked to purchase needed parts.
Principia College is a warranty repair station for both Apple and Dell. Apple covers parts and labor on warranty repairs. Dell covers parts but not labor on warranty repairs performed at Principia.
For up-to-date information on these services, click here.