STUDENTS

There are tons of tech resources available to you as a student at the University of Chicago. This quick start guide will help you get access to some of the most utilized and useful technologies, services, and support information you’ll need to be successful during your time at UChicago.

Before You Arrive on Campus

CNet ID

Create your username, called a CNetID, and set a secure password to access common UChicago services like Canvas, UChicago Box, Google Apps, 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, you will have a UChicago email address where all official communication will be sent. You can set up an email account through the campus G-Drive or xMail, or forward your email address to an account of your choosing.

Safe Computing

We believe 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.

2-Factor Authentication

2-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 into secure University websites, even if they know your CNetID password.

Software Licensing

IT Services provides students of the University community with free or reduced-cost access to a wide range of academic and productivity software such as Microsoft Office and MATLAB.

When You Are On Campus

Campus Wireless Network

Connect online to the campus wireless network using your CNetID. We recommend using the ‘eduroam’ SSID which, like ‘uchicago-secure,’ uses an encrypted wireless protocol but 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 accounts 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.

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

A worthy repeat of the above – if you hadn’t taken advantage of the free or reduced-cost software for students before your arrival on campus, now is the time to get Microsoft Office, 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, via chat, in-personvia email, or by phone at 773.702.5800 (2.5800).