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Student Computing

ITS offers students a variety of services to make their technology experience at the university as seamless as possible.

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Go to our ITS Student Services page in the OneStThomas intranet to find a full list of services available to you and instructions to setup these services on your devices. (Note: you may need to login with your to access OneStThomas.)

Are You an Incoming Student?

Setup your account and prepare to make the transition with our frequently asked questions below. 

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, Canvas, Murphy Online, OneStThomas, 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.


Printing is already provided to students at no additional charge in the residence halls and libraries. 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.

Roku Streaming Devices 

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. 

In addition, streaming devices such as Amazon Echo/Dot, Chromecast, Internet TVs, BluRay Players, etc. may have a variety of success in connecting to the Network. 

TV Converter Box

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

Provided Services

ITS directly provide all residence hall students with the following services:

Approved Devices in the Residence Halls

  • Personal laptops / desktops
  • Game consoles
  • Tablets
  • Mobile phones
  • Smart TVs
  • Chromecasts
  • Wired printers (via USB cord)

*See also our list of Technology to Leave at Home

Please remember to bring your own cords for your devices to campus. It is recommended to bring an ethernet cord for higher internet speeds in the residence halls.

St. Thomas provides the full Microsoft Office suite for students to download on up to 5 personal devices (including both Mac and PC).

We also are part of Office 365, giving students access to cloud-based versions of Microsoft's apps like Outlook for their university email, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint so they can communicate and work on class assignments from any web browser on any computer. Office 365 also includes 1TB of personal file storage in the cloud to save their documents and share files for group projects.

To download Microsoft Office to a personal computer, simply login to Office 365 with your Click the dropdown icon that says "Install Office" and select the first option to begin the download. Follow prompts as directed. 

Do I need to bring a computer to campus?

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.

Need a new computer for college?

If you are interested in purchasing a new computer or software check out the Tech Store. St. Thomas currently does not directly sell personal hardware or software, but Apple and Dell (as well as other vendors) provide educational discounts on computers, printers, scanners and select software just for being a college student!

Should I buy a 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.

No need to buy and lug a printer to campus.

Each student receives a $32 print quota each semester (approximately 400 black and white prints) that can be used to print to any printer on campus, including those in the residence halls and libraries.

If students do chose to bring a personal printer to their room, we ask that they bring wired printers rather than wireless. Wireless printers are less reliable over the campus internet. Connecting the printer via an ethernet cord an easily mitigate this issue. 

Learn more about Printing in OneStThomas including how to setup your laptop with our PaperCut printing software and how to find a location to retrieve your prints across campus.