Technology for Students
If you are a new or returning Wofford student, the following information can help you take full advantage of our campus technology.
What computer facilities are available for students at Wofford?
Public Computer Centers
There are three public computer centers that provide students with access to Apple and Windows computers, premium software and laser printers.
1. Olin Computer Center (24 Windows Computers, 10 Apple Computers)
Monday - Thursday 7:30AM - 11:00PM
Friday 7:30AM - 5:00PM
Sunday 3:30PM - 11:00PM
2. Great Oaks Hall Computer Center (5 Windows Computers, 3 Apple Computers)
OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK
3. Library Computer Center (29 Windows Computers, 6 Apple Computers)
Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 12:00AM
Friday 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM - 12:00AM
The Great Oaks Hall in the Roger Milliken Science Center has 50 easily-accessible computer ports. Additionally, the Library has many network ports to which computers can be connected.
Wireless access to the network is available almost everywhere in the interior of campus: the Great Oaks Hall, the Sandor Teszler Library, the Campus Life Building, the Anna Todd Wofford Center, Player's Corner, all academic and administrative buildings, the commons areas of Marsh, Greene, Shipp and DuPré residence halls, and the mall in the center of campus.
Several departments (e.g., biology, chemistry, foreign languages, physics, and psychology) have networked computers that are available for use by students. The Library has many network ports to which computers can be connected.
Is it necessary to bring my own computer?
A personal computer is not required at Wofford. On the other hand, you should strongly consider bringing a computer to campus because of the convenience and the experience it provides. It is best to obtain the highest level of computing power and options within your budget. Minimum guidelines are listed below. A faster processor, additional memory and greater disk space all will enhance your capabilities.
- Operating System: Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD 64X2 dual core processor 2.2 GHz
- RAM: 4GB
- Hard Drive: 160GB
- Operating System: Mac OS 10.5.x and above
- Processor: 2GHz Intel
- RAM: 4GB
- Hard Drive: 160GB
Can I use online telephone and video chat applications?
Wofford suggests common online telephone and video chat software: Skype and iChat.
Do I need a printer?
Because the Wofford campus is fully networked it is possible to print to public laser printers located in several places around campus, including all three public computer centers. Personal printers are fairly inexpensive, though, and may be preferred because of their convenience.
What software do I need?
Good choices of Office suites are Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows computers and Microsoft Office 2008 for Apple computers. The Help Center staff is happy to answer student's questions in regards to Office 2007/2008 suite of applications. Adobe Photoshop Elements is installed on all public computers for image processing and the Help Center staff is happy to answer student's questions in regards to this software as well. Microsoft Works is not recommended.
Wofford strongly recommends all students with a Windows computer install an antivirus program. Wofford suggests Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft's free antivirus/antispyware program.
What is the cable television network like?
The Office of Information Technology also operates the campus cable television network. The cable television network provides international, national, local and campus news, educational programming, and entertainment.
Each dorm room is equipped with a connection to the campus cable television system. Residents should provide their own cable-ready television and connect it to the round coaxial-type wall jack with a quality coaxial cable. Coaxial cable is readily available at home supply and electronics stores.
There are 70+ channels of programming provided on Wofford's cable television network. All of the major broadcast networks and most of the popular cable networks are included. There are also 4 channels that carry programming specific to Wofford. Examples are SCOLA and TV5 foreign language broadcasting and SCETV's digital satellite network, an information channel.
What is the telephone service like?
Each dorm room includes a telephone jack and every student is provided a voice mailbox number. Students need to provide their own phone to use the phone service in their dorm room. For more information about the phone service, please contact the Help Center at extension 4357.
What if I live off-campus?
Off-campus students have access to most services, via http://my.wofford.edu, including email, class registration and Wofford's course management system, Moodle. Commuting students are also issued a voice mailbox number so that messages can be left for them. For more information about accessing a voice mailbox, please contact the Help Center at extension 4357.