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.

Wilson College uses the Antigen virus scanner with Spam protection on our Email server to protect all Wilson email accounts.

We have also purchased a site license for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise from Network Associates as our desktop virus protection solution.

We will be offering a free copy of the Virus Scan Software to each student connecting to our Campus network.

This software will help protect both your computer AND the Campus Network against computer viruses.

PLEASE NOTE - No virus scanner can guarantee absolute protection against all threats. It is very much like a seat belt in a car. It will not fully guarantee your absolute safety in the event of an accident. It is only an additional level of safety.


For instructions on how download, install and use your free copy of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, please click HERE.


Contact Kevin Gallagher or

Alan Shoop at

(717) 262-2014.