Technology

A connected campus for your connected life.

There’s just something inherently cool about stretching out on the soft grass in the Sunken Garden and uploading your physics homework while upgrading your tan.

As one of Intel’s “Top 50 Most Unwired Campuses,” William & Mary provides free wireless high-speed Internet access in nearly every corner of campus, inside and out. In addition to wireless access, all residence hall rooms come with wired Ethernet jacks for that extra burst of speed.

Earl Gregg Swem Library is a technological marvel. You can find information using Swem’s vast collection of online databases and e-journals, borrow laptops, DVDs and iPads, or make your own digital copies of Civil War diaries or eighteenth-century letters in the Special Collections Research Center. Did we mention you can IM the reference staff?

Visit Swem Library’s incredible Media Center to create original music and movies, work on class projects and personal portfolios, or record yourself making a presentation or doing student teaching.  Nine cutting-edge digital editing suites have powerful Mac desktops and laptops, cinema displays, electronic keyboards, and enough audio and video editing software to satisfy amateurs and pros. Students can also check out digital video cameras, sound and lighting kits, still digital cameras, digital mixers and more.

To best take advantage of our campus-wide network, W&M requires all incoming freshman to own a laptop computer. The William & Mary Bookstore carries two Dell laptops recommended by our IT department as well as an assortment of accessories. Students can use financial aid money toward the purchase of their laptop—and purchasing through the Bookstore means your computer comes with a 4-year warranty, including coverage for accidents, and can be serviced directly on campus through the IT department.

W&M was one of the earliest adopters of the Blackboard e-learning system. Most professors use Blackboard to post syllabi, readings and assignments. And many have tapped the system’s incredible potential for online class discussions and virtual collaboration on projects.

W&M students can access access email, Blackboard, class schedules, course descriptions, upcoming campus events, social media and more at myWM.  Find out more about these (and other) tech-related services as well as the top-notch tech support provided by our busy IT department