Google Workspace for Education

Last updated on March 15, 2024

Changes are coming to the Google Workspace service. To learn more, visit the Reshaping the Google Workspace Service IT project site.

UW–‍Madison Google Workspace for Education, formerly G Suite and Google Apps, is a collection of cloud-based productivity and collaborative tools including: Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Sites, Google Keep, Hangouts Meet, Hangouts Chat, and more.

Important note about working with Protected Health Information (PHI): Google Workspace should not be used by UW–‍Madison faculty, staff, and students interacting with electronic PHI protected by HIPAA regulations.  If you are a part of the UW–‍Madison health care component, contact your HIPAA privacy or security coordinator with questions about the applications best suited for creating, storing, and sharing PHI.


  • Protects your intellectual property and individual privacy rights
  • Collaboration with classmates and UW–‍Madison colleagues
  • Accounts are administered by UW–‍Madison


Getting started

Access your UW–‍Madison Google Workspace account via your NetID.

If you’re logging in for the first time, you’ll see a welcome message. Since the University does not have Gmail enabled, portions of the message that mention email do not apply to UW–‍Madison Google Workspace.

More information on logging in and moving between apps can be found in the KnowledgeBase (KB).

Terms of use

Google Workspace Terms of Service


  • Google Drive

    Share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings. Collaborate in real-time with your team or with your whole school. You can publish final documents to the entire world, too.
  • Google Sites

    Work together to keep related documents, web content, and other information in one place, on one site.
  • Google Hangouts Meet

    With Google Hangouts Meet, you can hold impromptu video meetings on the go, virtual training classes around the world, remote interviews, and much more.
  • Google Hangouts Chat

    Chat directly with a co-worker or communicate with your entire team at once.
  • Google Groups

    Participate in mailing lists and discussion groups.
  • Google Keep

    Google Keep allows users to make different kinds of notes, including text, lists, images, and audio.
  • Other

    Other commercial apps are available to use (especially if you would otherwise be using a personal Google account with these apps) but are not covered by the UW–‍Madison Terms of Service.

Available to

  • Faculty
  • Researchers
  • Staff
  • Students

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