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Before You Arrive: A Technology Checklist for New Students

Students can use this checklist (pdf, 435 KB) to learn more about the services offered by UMass Amherst IT and get started with technology before they arrive on campus.

Activate Your Account

Your UMass Amherst IT Account gives you access to most computing resources on campus, including the student information system (SPIRE), email, wireless Internet, and free software downloads. Use the NetID and initial password sent to you via email to activate your account at:
www.spire.umass.edu
Click Activate Your Account (right side of the page). 

Check Your University Email

Don't miss out on important information! Check your UMass Amherst Google Mail account regularly. The University uses your UMass email address for official email communications (e.g., excess check notices, enrollment updates, etc).

apps.umass.edu

Pack Your Computer

  • Check the recommended computer configurations for Windows and Macintosh before bringing your computer to campus or buying a new one. 
  • Get a discount on desktops, laptops, tablets, and peripherals for Windows and Macintosh through the U$ave program. 

Get Ready to Connect

  • Confirm your computer has a dual-band, WiFi-certified wireless adapter. Newer laptops and some desktops have one built-in.

More on Wireless...

 

Get Free & Discounted Software

  • Free anti-virus software for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.
  • Free Windows operating systems and other Microsoft software. Certain restrictions apply.
  • Microsoft Office and Adobe software at a fraction of the retail price.
  • Ubuntu UMass, a free Linux operating system customized especially for UMass Amherst.

More on Free & Discounted Software...

Secure Your Computer

If your computer is compromised, you may be disconnected from the campus network. Be sure to:

  • Update your computer's software and operating system. Enable automatic updates to receive security patches as soon as they are available. Windows | Macintosh
  • Install free anti-virus software from our Web site, then run a full scan of your computer. 

Security Checklist for Personal Computers

Uninstall Peer-to-Peer Software

Downloading copyrighted materials puts you at risk for fines, University sanctions, civil lawsuits, even criminal charges. We recommend you remove FrostWire, BitTorrent, Vuze, and similar programs from your computer. Use legal alternatives to obtain music, books, movies, or software. 

More on Copyright Infringement...

Explore SPIRE

You will use SPIRE to register for classes, view your grades, sign up for on-campus housing, and manage your University finances. Don't forget to add your cell phone number and non-UMass email address under My Personal Information

More on SPIRE... 

 

Last Updated: Jul. 25, 2014