Bowdoin places an emphasis on integrating technology into the academic and social experience. Upon arrival, students have access to the latest tools, informed consultants, and focused training to take full advantage of Bowdoin’s technical resources. Remember that many of your classmates may already know the answer to your questions. Ask them first—it is a great way to get to know someone. If you still have questions, Bowdoin’s Help Desk is available with extended hours throughout the week and 24-hour online software support.
The Chief Information Officer leads an Information Technology (IT) Division that engages faculty and students to deliver solutions that make a difference in their teaching, learning, research, and community. From classrooms to residence rooms, access to technology is everywhere. Resources available to students include personal e-mail accounts, wireless Internet access throughout campus; network storage, video conferencing capability, cable television, VoIP telephone systems, and voice mail. IT also provides a full-time Help Desk that supports Macintosh, Windows, and Linux computers and includes a student-run Help Desk. Bowdoin offers a number of site-licensed system and application software such as Windows, MacOS, UNIX, Microsoft Office Professional, Mathematica, and other specialized academic and administrative applications. The College provides a free student equipment loaner pool that provides video, sound, projection, laptops, recording devices, digital cameras, along with newer technology for testing and evaluation.
Other services that IT provides include technical, design, editorial, and project development consulting. IT is constantly exploring technology trends while also adopting the best solutions in business and higher education to deliver easily accessible, secure, stable technology services.
In addition to sixteen academic department computer labs, there are nine public labs and more than two hundred publicly available computers and nineteen public print stations located around the campus.
If you have an idea or solution that uses technology to improve the lives of students at Bowdoin, share it with the Information Technology Advisory Council (I.T.A.C.), a student-run organization—it just might get funded.