COMPUTER SERVICES

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What computer specifications are recommended for bringing a computer on campus?
  2. What is the student to computer ratio?
  3. What do you estimate is the percentage of students that bring their own computers?
  4. Can I have a computer in my room, and if so, how do I get connected to the network?
  5. What type of wireless network coverage is available on campus?
  6. Do students ever have to wait for a computer to become available?
  7. Are there Internet lock-out programs on campus?
  8. How much hard drive space is each student allotted on the network?
  9. Are there computers in the residence halls?
  10. Do professors assign paperless homework?
  11. Can email be accessed from off-campus?
  12. What software packages do you support?
  13. How does Dordt's printing program work?
  14. Can I publish my own web page at Dordt?
  15. What type of connection to the Internet do you have?

What computer specifications are recommended for bringing a computer on campus?

Most students bring their own computers to campus. We recommend the following specifications or greater if you plan on doing so:

We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast anti-virus software.

What is the student to computer ratio?

The student to computer ratio is eight students per one lab computer.

What do you estimate is the percentage of students that bring their own computers?

95 percent of students bring a computer with them to campus. Last year 85 percent of these computers were laptops compared to 15 percent desktops.

Can I have a computer in my room, and if so, how do I get connected to the network?

Yes, you may have a computer in your room; in fact, more than 95 percent of students did so last year. Wired network access is available from all on campus housing through our ResNet system. Simply verify that your computer has a network card installed (most do) and make sure to bring a network (ethernet) cable.

What type of wireless network coverage is available on campus?

Wireless network access is available in many of our on-campus facilities. Click here for our wireless coverage map.

Do students ever have to wait for a computer to become available?

Students have favorite labs and when "crunch time" rolls around they may have to wait for a computer in that particular lab. Usually, computers are available, but you might have to choose a different lab during those peak times.

Are there Internet lock-out programs on campus?

Yes, we use content filtering software that limits access to pornographic material. We do not allow access to instant messaging programs (MSN, AOL) from Dordt owned computers. We expect students to follow responsible use of technology guidelines found in the student handbook.

How much hard drive space is each student allotted on the network?

Each student is allocated 200 megabytes of network drive space.

Are there computers in the residence halls?

Yes, there are mini-labs in all the residence halls except East Campus Apartments.

Do professors assign paperless homework?

Yes, many professors assign and accept electronic homework assignments via our online course management system, Courses@Dordt. Many of the same professors grade and return assignments electronically as well.

Can email be accessed from off-campus?

Email can be accessed from off-campus via the Internet. Simply point your browser to owa.dordt.edu.

What software packages do you support?

We support Windows XP, Vista, 7, Microsoft Office 2010, Internet Explorer, Outlook (email), Mac OS X, and Microsoft Office 2008 for Macintosh.

How does Dordt's printing program work?

Each student has a printing account with a balance of $7 at the beginning of each semester. Seven cents is debited from this account for each laser page printed, while 20 cents is subtracted for each color page. Students can deposit money in their printing accounts at any time during the school year by visiting computer services or the library.

Can I publish my own web page at Dordt?

Yes, students can publish web pages by saving them to the public_html directory in their personal accounts. These pages are immediately available on the Internet.

What type of connection to the Internet do you have?

We have a high speed ethernet connection to our ISP.