University of Wisconsin–Madison
10 Steps for Computing

10 steps to get started with technology for students

With hundreds of Information Technology services available to you as UW-Madison student, getting started can be daunting. These steps will help you ease into using IT services on campus.

Before you arrive

  1. Activate your NetID
    Your UW NetID is your digital identity on campus and is your unique key to accessing numerous campus resources.
    Activate your NetID
  2. Log into MyUW
    When you log in to MyUW at you get secure access your courses, schedules and scholarships, and much more. Don’t forget to also download the UW’s free mobile app
    Get up-to-date campus info at your fingertips with the Wisconsin app, including the UW campus map, an interactive bus schedule, and more.
  3. Set up your email & calendar
    UW-Madison uses Office 365 for campus email and calendar. Set up Office 365 for your laptop and mobile devices with this easy instruction guide. Your campus account includes unlimited storage and virus filtering.
  4. Secure your computer
    Keep your computer and yourself safe and secure your computer. Install and use the Virtual Private Network (VPN ) software provided by campus.
  5. Back up your computer and important data
    Create a backup strategy. Consult this Backup Storage Guide for additional information and get access to campus backup resources.

After you’re here

  1. Get connected online to the campus network
    Connect to UWNet, the campus wireless network, for fast and easy network access. Login with your NetID and password to start using the network.
  2. Know how to find free technical support
    Your department may have IT support staff, but you can always get free technical support at DoIT seven days a week for password resets, general troubleshooting and diagnosis of computer issues. If a repair is needed, DoIT can provide warranty service or fee-based computer repair.
  3. Find campus computer labs and printing options
    Find one of the 2,000 available computers around campus closet to you. Find out how to get printing with the color and black and white printer options available in all campus computer labs.
  4. Get discounted computers, accessories and software
    UW-Madison students get discounts on computers, accessories and software. The DoIT Tech Store and Help Desk associates are there to give you personalized consultation on the best computer for your major and your needs. Review our campus laptop recommendations. See our Student Computing Checklist for the list of essential technology you’ll need to have on campus. Get free software from the Campus Software Library, or purchase discounted software at the Tech Store.
  5. Find free technology training
    Get free online tech training through, a comprehensive library of self study software tutorials available anytime, anywhere.

While there are many more services available to UW-Madison students those mentioned in this list will give you a good start.