We know about the top party schools and the best schools for sports. But which college or University is the most technologically advanced in the U.S.?
Unigo, an online resource for college information, polled students at hundreds of colleges across the country and came up with the top 10 Wired Campuses list — as well as some interesting findings.
College students are more wired than ever before. Today, 98% of college students own a digital device. A majority of undergraduates report owning more than 12 digital devices, including computers, laptops, printers, smart phones, web-cams and digital cameras.
Though it’s not commonplace, four out of five students believe campus-wide Wi-Fi access is extremely valuable for academic success.
Colleges appear to have taken note. Some 51% of campuses upgraded parts of their wireless networks in the 2011-12 year (supporting a 60% increase in mobile devices on campus.) 91% of students frequently use email to contact their teachers.
If the survey concludes one thing, it’s that students want more technology on campus. Three out of four don’t feel like their schools are using technology effectively enough.
The schools on this list are the exception -– the pioneers who have plastered their campus with computers for students, made sure campus-wide wi-fi is the norm, integrated technology into the classroom, and put their collective minds towards offering majors and courses that aren’t just keeping up with today, but are training students to use and create the technology of tomorrow.
August 24, 2012