About Computing at Vassar

Computing and Information Services at Vassar College creates and manages a campus environment that enables each member of the community to use information technologies productively for teaching, learning, research, administration, and outreach.

The campus is connected to the Internet with a 600 Mbps link that allows the Vassar community to draw on resources from around the world. Vassar provides both wired and wireless network access throughout the campus. Although Vassar does not require students to purchase a computer, 98 percent of students choose to have a personal computer in their dorm room. Student dorm rooms have both wired and wireless access to the campus network. Students who do not have their own computers have 24-hour access to the computer clusters housed in each residence hall.

There are public computers available in the Computer Center, the College Center, the library, and in various academic buildings. The students have access to shared software, academic resources, and both black and white and color laser printers located in public spaces. Media Resources provides color plotting, printing, video editing and duplication, scanning and imaging services. The library is home to the Digital Media Zone, a state-of-the-art space for collaborative learning and the exploration of new technologies. Other specialized facilities include the Scientific Visualization Lab, in Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building; the Geographic Information Systems Lab, in Ely Hall; and the Video Editing Lab, in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film.

Vassar has been the recipient of generous grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, George Alden Trust, Hewlett Packard, and AT&T in support of ongoing technology initiatives across the curriculum in the classrooms, the library, and research labs.