Resources & Facilities – Information Technology

Technology is embedded in the fabric of the academic and student social experience. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the latest software, informed consultants, and targeted training to take full advantage of technical resources. The senior vice president and chief information officer leads Information and Technology, which consults with faculty, students, and staff and works in partnership with departments to provide reliable and innovative solutions.

Access to technology is ubiquitous. Bowdoin has one of the most robust wired and wireless campuses in the nation. Students and faculty have access to high performance computing and over 600 supported software packages providing them with the latest tools to assist with their studies, analysis, and research. A full-time, professionally staffed Service Desk supports Macintosh, Windows, and Linux computers and software applications. The student-run Service Desk works with students, answering questions and resolving software and hardware issues throughout the day, evening, and weekend. Software support is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The campus has twenty academic computer labs, a 24-hour public lab, over thirty public printers, and 3-D printers. Students are provided e-mail accounts, network storage, video conferencing capability, television, and telephones. There is a free equipment loaner pool that includes video, sound, projection, laptops, recording devices, digital cameras, GoPros, drones, and newer technology for testing and evaluation.

IT is constantly exploring technology trends, while helping to create some of the best solutions in higher education and business, to deliver easily accessible, secure, stable services. If you have an idea or solution that uses technology to enhance the student experience, share it with—or join—the Student Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), a student-run organization—it might just get funded.