New to campus

Welcome to St. Thomas! We are excited that you decided to become a Tommie and to gain an education that will prepare to be a morally responsible leader who makes a difference in this world by thinking critically, acting wisely, and working skillfully to advance the common good. 

To assist you in making a smooth transition into your St. Thomas account, this page is dedicated to providing you quick access to information regarding technology services you can utilize while on campus to achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals.

Act Wisely with Technology

  • Being a good steward of your St. Thomas account and available technology is your first step towards living out the university's mission. ITS provides free services to students and asks that they use these university resources wisely. The university encourages computer use by providing resources that are easily accessible to the community. Abuse of these resources can and does occur. Our Responsible Use Policy is a guideline for students in appropriate use of university computing resources and respect for the work and privacy of all St. Thomas members.
  • Network Security is a priority at St. Thomas. The university has firewalls and security tools in place to protect the campus network from attack and intrusion. In order to maintain security and maximum availability of the network to community members, certain personally owned devices are prohibited on the university network. Prohibited devices include but are not limited to: wireless access points, switches, and routers.

Getting Started

Learn more about technology services available to you as a student.

Setup your St. Thomas Account

New students to the St. Thomas will receive information regarding their username and student ID number in the mail shortly after being accepted to the university. This account allows students to login to their email, Blackboard, Murphy Online, campus computers, and other resources for the duration of their time here at the university. 

Activate your account: New students will need their ID number in order to setup their account through the Account Activation Process

Account Password: Please note the password on this account expires every 365 days. Students can login and reset an expired password on our Self-Service Password Reset page

Account Expiration: Account access will be available for up to one year after a student's last active term or due to graduation.

Returning Students: If you are a returning or graduate student who also attended St. Thomas in previous terms, your student ID number is the same from your previous enrollment. You can retrieve this number through the Registrar or through the Tech Desk.

E-mail

Students can access their email through Office 365 available through any web browser by logging in with their username@stthomas.edu and associated password. This username is provided to you when you setup your account during the Account Activation process

Email is an official form of communication at the university and email accounts are automatically created for all students. ITS will notify students of critical security alerts through their email account. Please make sure to check out our our tips for keeping your email account and personal computer safe.

Wi-Fi Access on Campus

St. Thomas has Wifi available in the Residence Halls and public spaces on both St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. Students simply have to connect to one of the UST issued wireless networks and upon opening their web browser will have full internet access after logging in through our authentication page.

Note: Game Consoles and Media Devices should be connected to the UST-Open network and unlike other systems will not require re-authentication after 24 hours.

Printing on Campus

Through our print software called PaperCut, each student receives a print quota of $32 per semester. Students can monitor their quota balance and their printing environmental impact online through the PaperCut User Login. Students can print from on campus computers, their personal computers, or online through WebPrint with more information available on our Student Printing webpage.

Game Consoles

In order to use your Game Console in the dorms, it will need to be connected to the campus network. Game Consoles and Media Devices should be connected to the UST-Open network and unlike other systems will not require re-authentication after 24 hours. See our list of approved devices for residence halls.

Wi-Fi Compatible devices

Streaming devices such as Chromecast, Internet TVs, BluRay Players, Roku Boxes, etc. may have a variety of success in connecting to the Network. Please note, at this time, Roku Boxes do not consistently work with our network authentication system.  For this reason, we do not recommend that you bring a Roku box to campus. 

Connect your devices to UST-Open if it is a media streaming device. Connect your tablets and mobile phones to UST network.

Microsoft Office (Office 365)

Free Microsoft Office products are right at your fingertips. St. Thomas uses Office 365, Microsoft's collection of cloud-based services that are accessible from any device.

Office 365 allows students to access email, OneDrive file storage, and other online Office applications through any web browser. Through your St. Thomas account, we also offer you the full versions of the Microsoft Office Suite of desktop and mobile apps to install for free on up to 5 personal devices.

Getting Started

To access Office 365 and download the latest Microsoft Office suite, login with your St. Thomas email at office365.stthomas.edu

Technology to Leave at Home

Not-Recommended Devices

Printers

400 pages of printing is already provided to students each semester at no additional charge. Students can print from either personal computers or campus computers to the printers are located in all libraries and in selected residence halls. If students chose to have a printer in their room, we ask that they bring wired printers rather than wireless. 

Wireless Routers

These damage the strength of the wifi for all users on the network. If you experience slow internet speeds please contact the Tech Desk.

TV Converter Box

If students bring their own TV, they will have access to Cable TV Channels and several HD channels on campus

Analog Telephones

Phones are already provided to students in several of the residence halls for their use. Students in the residence halls also have a voicemail assigned to their name. Off-Campus students can request long distance calling through St. Thomas as well. 

Public Computer Labs

St. Thomas students have access to a variety of computer labs on campus to complete coursework or for personal use. These computing labs have applications for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, statistics, electronic mail, and accessing the Internet. All lab Macs and PCs are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite. Every lab computer has Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox installed to browse the Web and Office 365 to access your email. Many labs are also equipped with course-specific software. Computer assistance is provided in the main labs.

Public Computing labs are located in the following areas:

  • The Information Commons, O’Shaughnessy–Frey Library, St. Paul
  • The Information Commons, Keffer Library, Minneapolis
  • O’Shaughnessy Science Hall, St. Paul
  • McNeely Hall, St. Paul
  • Koch Commons, St. Paul
  • Summit Classroom Building, St. Paul
  • Schulze Hall, Minneapolis

Residence Hall Computer Labs

Students living on campus may also use computing labs located in the residence halls. Labs offer printers for student use and include both Mac and PC computers. Students who wish to scan or use multimedia computers are able to do so in the university libraries on both campuses. will find scanners and multimedia computers in university libraries on both campuses. Priority is given to those students completing coursework.

  • Koch 010
  • Dowling 010
  • Dowling 524
  • Ireland 010
  • JPII 003
  • Cretin 109
  • Grace 001

Personal Wireless Printers

ITS does not recommend personal wireless printers in the residence halls because they interfere with the wireless network.  We recommend purchasing a printer with a wired (USB) connection.  Printers that are connected directly via USB will not need to be registered on network. If students do not bring a personal printer, there are public printers available in university libraries, residence halls, departmental labs, and the student center.

Personal Computers

You don’t have to bring your own computer to campus, but it can be convenient. There are numerous computer labs on campus with both PC and Apple computers for writing papers and checking email, but having your own computer allows you the freedom to do your work in your own room or anywhere there is wireless service. This also assures you that you won’t have to wait for a computer during "crunch-time" at the end of the semester when labs are very busy.

If you are interested in purchasing a new computer or software check out the Tech Store. Apple and Dell as well as other vendors provide educational discounts on computers, printers, scanners and select software to the St. Thomas community.

Mac or PC?

It’s entirely up to you as a matter of personal choice! Choosing between a desktop or portable computer is also a matter of preference. Laptops are portable and take up less space, but they’re also more expensive and more likely to be dropped or stolen. Tablet computers are also supported on campus and are growing in popularity.

Online Cloud Storage

St. Thomas provides 1TB of personal cloud storage space for each student at the university where they can save their documents called OneDrive as part of Office 365.

Lynda.com Video Tutorials

Students have free access to Lynda.com is a leading company that provides online video tutorials on how to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal, academic, and professional goals.

There are thousands of videos available at your fingertips when you sign in. 

  • Become proficient at Microsoft Excel and other Office products
  • Social media and Marketing Communication Strategies
  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Write stronger essays
  • Give more engaging presentations
  • Build a mobile app
  • Make a GIF or design a website
  • Invest in your photography hobby

...and so much more!