What word-processing software is the Campus using?

The Campus has standardized on the Microsoft Office suite of applications. These applications will be loaded in all Computer Labs. Computers and Software can be purchased at educational discounts from the vendors on this page.

How do I get a Wilson email account?

All Wilson students will be asked to complete a Student Internet Account Application. When this has been completed, signed and processed, she will be given an email account. In almost all cases, her email address will consist of her first name, then a period, and then her last name with “@wilson.edu” added to the end. Example: Jane Doe will become jane.doe@wilson.edu.

I will not be bringing a computer to campus. How many computers are available for student use and how can I access my email?

There are 86 computers that are available for student use in the following locations: 18 computers located in the various Residence Hall Computer Lounges, 8 computers located in the Library, 20 computers in Warfield Hall and 40 computers located in the Science Center. For those students not bringing computers to campus, they will be able to access their email via the Wilson Web-Based Email from any computer on or off campus that has Internet access and a web browser.

How long are the Computer Labs open?

Any student in possession of a Wilson College ID may gain access to the Labs virtually 24 hours per day. However, we do require the students to travel with a buddy after the buildings are locked. 

What will I need to connect to the Campus Network?

All residence halls and the majority of public spaces have free high-speed wireless service available, and each residence hall room is equipped with two high-speed wired network connections. We can supply a free 25 foot network cable if needed

*NOTE* - Wireless Routers or Access Points are NOT PERMITTED anywhere on the student network.

I plan to puchase a computer to use at college. What should I buy?

This is your preference. However, there are a few things you will need to know. We would prefer that student computers be less than 1 year old. Prices can vary, but a desktop computer minimum should be in the $400-600 range and Laptop minimum should be in the $600-800 range. A 3 or 4 year warranty is also recommended as well as an accidental damage plan for Laptops. Computers and Software can be purchased at educational discounts from the vendors on this page.

What if I have problems with my personal computer while at Wilson College?

Although we have a very small computer staff, we will provide network support and try to help with other problems as time permits. However, if your computer is still under warranty, we will advise you to call the manufacturer for assistance.

Virus and SPAM scanning is handled at Wilson College by a product known as Sybari. The company has recently been purchased by Microsoft so this should increase it’s effectiveness.

Unlike some solutions that deliver all messages to your mailboxes and THEN try to filter viruses and SPAM, Sybari filters them BEFORE they get to you. Messages detected by our system are just deleted instead of just tagged as SPAM or delivered to a SPAM folder which you would need to empty.

We went with this particular company due to their extremely high Virus (Zero since installation in 2000 following an outbreak of the Melissa virus) and SPAM (>95%) detection rates as well as their low “false positive” rates (<1 in 10,000). The SPAM detection rate has dropped recently due to the worldwide proliferation of “Image SPAM”.

The Virus scanner scans each message with scanners from multiple vendors for greater security (If one vendor misses it, another will catch it)

(Vendors: AhnLabs, CA InoculateIT, CA Vet, Network Associates (McAfee), Norman Data Defense and Sophos).

The Wilson College virus scanners update themselves every 24 hours and the SPAM scanner updates itself every 15 minutes.

Wilson College receives between 35,000 and 50,000 emails daily. Of that, between 70% to 85% of them are SPAM (35,000 to 42,500).

We have also started using “RBLs” (Realtime Block Lists) to assist in the SPAM filtering battle. They catch an additional 5-7%.


Bulletin date: 10 April 2007.


Contact Kevin Gallagher or

Alan Shoop at

(717) 262-2014.