Student Computing

Wireless Network: Wireless coverage is available across the campus and in all student residential spaces. Please note that you may see multiple wireless networks appear on your computer when you are in the process of accessing the campus network. All members of the Dickinson community may connect to the wireless network titled “Dickinson”.  For instructions on configuring your computer, tablet or phone, please click here:

It should be noted that personal wireless devices such as access points, personal hotspots and wireless printers adversely impact the performance and availability of the campus wireless network and are not permitted for use in campus buildings anywhere on campus.  Further information about this policy may be found at the following location:

Wired Network: To connect to the wired campus network, you must have an Ethernet cable, and your computer must have Ethernet capability. Network jacks are provided in all residence halls. 

Answers to FAQs can be found in our Knowledge Base.


Residential Services Annex (RSA): The RSA provides support for a variety of student personal computer-related issues associated with internet connectivity problems, operating system issues, and malware removal. The staff is also available to lend advice dealing with other computer related issues but will not install hardware, software, or repair errors beyond those pertaining to network connectivity, malware removal, and operating system issues.

More information, hours of operation, and methods of contact can be found on the RSA's Page.


Using Game Consoles (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) and Smart TVs on the Student Network

Students may register and use gaming consoles and Smart (internet-enabled) TVs on the campus WIRED network.  Game systems and TVs may not be used on the Wireless network.

Here are instructions for connecting and registering Game Consoles and Smart TVs on the Student Network.


Student Personal Computer Hardware Recommendations

The majority of systems available for use on campus are configured with an Intel Corei5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB solid state hard drive (SSD).  This configuration has proven to be high performing and relatively affordable for nearly all classroom applications across campus and would serve as a good configuration for any Dickinsonian to use in their daily work on a personal computing system. 

While we do not recommend one brand of system over another for personal use, our campus does work with Dell and Apple for our labs and classrooms.  Some of their latest discounts for our campus community can be found by visiting or by browsing the Apple Store for Education:  Best Buy and other retailers also offer student discounts by displaying a college ID or having a college e-mail address to enter when making a purchase. 

Our recommended system would include the following basic specifications: 

Processor: 9th generation or 10th generation Intel Core i5 Processor 
Memory/RAM:  8GB 
Hard Drive 256GB SSD (not HDD) – a solid state drive will offer a significant performance increase over an older HDD 

We understand that cost can be a concern for many, especially in these uncertain times, so we would also offer a minimum specification which would be more affordable than the recommendations above: 

Processor:  8th generation (Core i5), 9th or 10th generation Core i3 processor 
Memory/RAM:  8GB 
Hard Drive:  128GB SSD – please note that this will require you to use OneDrive/cloud storage for many files and projects.  There is also the option of adding an external hard drive to this system to increase the storage space. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we’d be glad to help! 


Network File Storage

Microsoft OneDrive: All students have 5TB of file storage space on Microsoft OneDrive (accessible alongside the Office 365 Email App in Office 365).  Please Note: Office 365 OneDrive is NOT backed up so delete carefully.  


Printing on Campus

Dickinson uses the PaperCut print management system for printing to Toshiba and Lexmark multi-function printer/copier/scanners on campus.  To learn how to print from Dickinson OR personally-owned computers to campus Toshiba and Lexmark printers, please see the "Printing on Campus" site here:


Policies You Need To Know


Having problems?

Contact the Help Desk  by emailing