STUDENTS

This quick start guide will introduce you to the technology resources, services, and support available to you as a student at UChicago. 

Before You Arrive on Campus

CNetID

Create your username, called a CNetID, and set a secure password to access common UChicago services like Canvas, UChicago Box, UChicago G Suite, and Faculty Access.

ID Card

The UChicago Card is the official University of Chicago identification card. All first-year undergraduates entering the College are required to upload a photo for their UChicago Card before arriving on campus. This is how you will access buildings, pay for meals, and use the UChicago library resources.

Email

Once you have claimed your CNetID, all official communication will be sent to your UChicago email address. Access your UChicago email account through Outlook within Office 365. You can also forward your UChicago email address to another account. 

Safe Computing

Security and privacy concerns are of critical importance, especially with so much of your personal and academic lives happening online. Follow these tips to protect your devices and personal data.

Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) significantly enhances the security of your CNetID by using a second device (typically a mobile phone) to verify your identity. 2FA prevents anyone but you from using your account to log in to secure University websites, even if they know your CNetID password.

Software Licensing

IT Services provides students with free or reduced-cost access to a wide range of academic and productivity software, such as Adobe and MATLAB.

When You Are On Campus

Campus Wireless Network

Connect online to the campus wireless network using your CNetID. When you connect to the eduroam network, it uses an encrypted wireless protocol and works at more than 6,000 institutions across 89 countries.

Canvas

Canvas is the University’s online environment where instructors and students can manage course materials and communication.

Box

Get your free Box account to store and share files, communicate, and collaborate securely in the cloud.

G Suite

Get your free G Suite account to communicate and collaborate securely in the cloud.

Learn about Security

Visit our Get Secure site to learn about how to protect yourself and your data.

Purchase Hardware

PC and Mac purchases for personal use are available to students under an agreement between the University and several vendors.

Software for Students

If you didn’t take advantage of free or reduced-cost software for students before your arrival on campus, now is the time to get Adobe Suite, MATLAB, and a wide range of other academic and productivity software.

my.UChicago.edu

my.UChicago is the self-service portal for University students and staff in the Academic Information System.

Support

IT Services provides help online, in person, via email, or by phone at 773.702.5800 (2-5800).

Get cAlert

Update your contact information so you get critical alerts about major events on campus.