Students at UVa
Essential Computing Info for New Students
Consider These 6 Things When Preparing to Come to UVa
#1 Bring Technology Supported at UVa
When choosing what computer to bring with you to school, consider:
Your program’s recommendations
Many majors & programs have specific technology recommendations; check first!
If your heart’s
set on one operating system but your expected school or major advises another, consider whether you’ll be able to provide your own tech support; be honest with yourself about how tech-savvy you are
Laptop minimums for support
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.10
Minimum hard drive free space: 100GB, SSD recommended
Minimum processor speed: Intel 4th Gen Core i5 or faster Minimum RAM: 8GB
UVa WiFi requirements
Smartphone & mobile
Choosing a new phone or service provider? Consider these factors.
AT&T, T-Mobile, & Verizon have boosters to improve signal strength in dorms & public venues like the John Paul Jones Arena, Scott Stadium, and Newcomb Hall—though other carriers do serve the local market
iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches) can
connect to UVa’s encrypted & cavalier WiFi use the UVa VPN Androids and all other mobile devices
connect to UVa’s unencrypted instead wahoo WiFi
Download the official UVa app from iTunes or from Google Play to enjoy interactive GPS maps of Grounds, UVa PeopleSearch, class search, athletic scores, news, & more
#2 Save on Software
Don’t waste money paying for software that you can get no cost
as a UVa student!
Microsoft Office & Windows for
Get the latest
full version of Microsoft Office & the Windows operating
system (to upgrade an older PC or to run on a Mac).
You can now download both Microsoft Office & the Windows operating system
(to upgrade an older PC or to run on a Mac) from the
Gateway. You only get one copy of each software title.
You will only have access to the software download and keys (if applicable)
for 31 days.
You must save the software and keys using a service like
Box in the event your computer crashes and you need to reinstall the software.
Free antivirus software
For security, install Microsoft Endpoint Protection—provided to you
at no cost.
We recommend this antimalware program for both Mac & Windows computers
License fees are covered for you as long as you are at UVa
Once you have your Permanent password,
download from the UVa Software Gateway and install
Other software titles
Other software programs are available at low or no cost to you, too.
#3 Plan Ahead for the Inevitable
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good warranty & regular file backups—
before disaster strikes. You’ll likely have a computing problem sometime while you ’re at UVa, so plan ahead.
Warranties & repairs
Compare service packages carefully; you’ll thank yourself later.
Back up your files in the cloud
Take advantage of the free 1 TB of storage you get through UVa Box to back up your files online so you never lose anything.
#4 Learn Your Password
You won’t need your Temporary password long, but you’ll use your Permanent UVa password the whole time you’re at the University—and beyond!
Your accounts & passwords
Temporary password gets you through NetBadge to the UVa systems & resources you need as an applicant for admission and newly admitted student After
arrival at Summer Orientation, you can set your Permanent password You’ll need your Permanent password for
first-time WiFi setup and to access UVaCollab (for course management), SIS, your UVa email, & more
Forgot your password? Use the
Lost Password Wizard to get a new one; select “not yet a student” for lost Temporary passwords or “current student” for Permanent passwords
UVa Gmail for life
Your UVa email account is powered by Google.
#5 Take It or Leave It?
WiFi in a University setting is different from wireless in a home or office. So:
Bring an Ethernet cable
Optional wired connections are available in some locations.
WiFi works like cell phone coverage, with occasional “dead spots” & slower speeds if you’re in a crowded location or are doing bandwidth-intensive activities
Although you’ll primarily use WiFi, wired connections are faster & more reliable, so bring an Ethernet cable to take advantage of wired ports where available
Bring a USB printer cable
You don’t really need to bring your own printer, but if you do, bring a cable for it.
Leave routers & wireless access
points at home
Leave routers, personal wireless access points, and WiFi signal boosters at home.
#6 Take Advantage of Free Tech Support
Free computing help is available to all UVa students, no matter where you purchased your technology.
Contact the 24/7 Help Desk
Contact the UVa Help Desk for free tech support anytime, day or night.
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