New to campus
Welcome to St. Thomas! Make a smooth transition into your St. Thomas account and find out about services that will help you achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals.
Act Wisely with Technology
ITS provides free services to students and asks that they use these university resources wisely.
- Being a good steward of your St. Thomas account and available technology. The Responsible Use Policy is a guideline for students about appropriate use of university 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.
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.
Students can access their email through Office 365 available through any web browser by logging in with their firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which network do I connect my device to?
- Connect your laptop, tablet, and mobile phone to UST network.
- Connect your game consoles and media streaming devices to UST-Open network.
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.
To access Office 365 and download the latest Microsoft Office suite, login with your St. Thomas email at office365.stthomas.edu
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.
These damage the strength of the wifi for all users on the network. If you experience slow internet speeds please contact the Get Help.
TV Converter Box
If students bring their own TV, they will have access to Cable TV Channels and several HD channels on campus
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
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. Priority is given to those students completing coursework.
- Koch 010
- Dowling 010
- Dowling 524
- Ireland 010
- JPII 003
- Cretin 109
- Grace 001
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.
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.
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!