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After You Arrive: A Technology Checklist for New Students

New students can use this checklist (pdf, 118 kb) to learn more about Office of Information Technologies (OIT) services and complete a few computing to-dos after they arrive on campus.

Connect to the Wireless Network

Wireless coverage is available in many campus locations, including all residence halls. To connect to UMASS-SECURE1X, the University's encrypted wireless network, you will need your OIT Account NetID and a computer with a WiFi-certified, dual-band adapter.

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Locate a Public Computer

Choose from Windows and Macintosh classrooms on campus and over 100 computers in the Learning Commons. For multimedia production, check our our new Digital Media Lab (3rd floor, W.E.B. Du Bois Library). For classroom locations and available software, visit our Computer Classrooms pages. 

Learn More About Printing

Print from any OIT Computer Classroom or the Learning Commons. Use remote printing to print from your own computer to the printers in the Learning Commons. Students receive a $5 printing credit per semester on their UCard Debit Accounts. 

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Check Your Holds & To-Dos in SPIRE

Holds can restrict your ability to register for classes or access campus services. Check your Holds and To-Dos in SPIRE and resolve them as soon as possible. 

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Bookmark Go.UMass Student Portal

Can't remember your class schedule? Having trouble locating a building on campus? Check Go.UMass for your class schedule, Moodle courses, and other campus essentials, such as campus maps, events, and more! Go.UMass is a device-responsive Web site, available any time, anywhere, from computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Sign Up for UMass Amherst Alerts

Use SPIRE to subscribe to UMass Amherst Alerts text messages, a free service that provides emergency notifications and subscribers' cell phones. Subscribers must have a U.S.-based carrier and phone. Text messaging fees may apply. 

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Safeguard Your Computer & Files

  • Use OIT's free anti-virus software to scan your computer every month. 
  • Update your computer's software and operating system, including your Web browser, Adobe products, and Java, every time you are prompted to do so.
  • Back up your files. Use UDrive, OIT's secure online storage system, CDs, or other storage devices.

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Protect Your Identity

Sharing personal information online or via email can put your identity and physical safety at risk:

  • Do not send sensitive information via email even if the email requesting it appears official. OIT will never ask for your OIT Account password or other sensitive information via email.
  • Do not post your address, birth date, class schedule, or other personal information on social networking sites or elsewhere on the Web.

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Last Updated: Jul. 22, 2013