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Top Tech Tips for UW Students

Top Tech Tips for UW Students

The following are technology tips to help students succeed at the UW:

  1. Get acquainted with this site, IT Connect: It’s your comprehensive portal to information on tools and services, software and other IT resources to support your success at the UW.
  2. Connect to the wireless network: The UW Wi-Fi Service is available in most buildings and many outdoor areas on campus. Secure, encrypted wireless is available through eduroam. (We recommend eduroam.)
  3. Choose your favorite email option: The UW offers you UW Gmail and Exchange Online. If you choose one option for email, you can still use apps offered by the other. You can also easily forward your messages to a personal email account if you choose. Refer to the Manage Your UW NetID Resources site.
  4. Plot your academic path: The MyPlan academic planning tool helps you create and manage your academic plan. Find courses, compare programs, build a schedule, explore options and more.
  5. Collaborate using commercial platforms: You have access to two cloud-based collaboration platforms chock full of familiar apps: Microsoft Office 365 and UW Google Apps.
  6. Borrow or buy equipment and software: Laptops, cameras, calculators, projectors and more are available through the Student Technology Loan Program. Visit The Tech Center at University Book Store for software you can’t get through the University here on IT Connect, such as Adobe Creative Cloud. Ask The Tech Center for academic discounts. You can also save on PCs, Apple products and much more.
  7. Practice safe computing, please: Protect your computer, identity and privacy with Sophos anti-virus software for Mac, Windows and UNIX/Linux, and learn how to protect your email.
  8. Get into that oh-so-popular class: Notify.UW can help you get into a course everyone seems to want or need. Sign up to be alerted by text or email when it’s available for registration.
  9. “Scout” campus for what you need: With Scout™, you can find the right study space for individual or group use, technology equipment to borrow and places to eat.
  10. Store it on U Drive: Store your files safely on UW servers with U Drive, and access them from anywhere. No additional software is needed to sync files, and your files are automatically backed up.
  11. Crunch heavy-duty research data: Use the Hyak supercomputer on campus or tap into commercial computing platforms managed through UW-IT. Help is available from the High Performance Computing Club.

Be sure to check out our list of Essential Software for UW Students to discover software tools and resources to help you succeed at the UW. Note that the Student Tech Fee, paid per-quarter by UW students, helps finance many of the IT tools and services available through IT Connect.