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.
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.
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 into secure University websites, even if they know your CNetID password.
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 is the University’s online environment where instructors and students can manage course materials and communication.
PC and Mac purchases for personal use are available to students under an agreement between the University and several vendors.
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.