New Student Technology Guide

This section will orient you to the first steps and common technology tools that will support your journey as a St. Thomas student. Review these pages to prepare for your arrival and to begin engaging with the community.

Claim Your St. Thomas Account

Your account allows you to access digital resources at the university including email, course content via Canvas, collaborations tools and personal, academic, and financial records.

Quick Tips for Incoming Students

  • Personal Computers Encouraged
  • Microsoft Office is Provided
  • Complimentary Printing Credits
  • Financial Hardship from COVID-19
  • Personal Computers Encouraged

    We strongly encourage that all students have access to a personal computer, laptop, or tablet for academic learning. The university is committed to a digitally accessible education environment with most courses including at least some online content. A personal device provides greater flexibility of where to study and how to complete course assignments.

    Desktop computers are available in campus libraries and are restricted to printing only. Please note that these labs may have limited building hours and are available on a first-come basis.

    Microsoft Office is Provided

    Microsoft Office is a suite of documentation, productivity, and collaboration tools available to members of the St. Thomas community.

    Complimentary Printing Credits

    Each semester students receive 400 pages of complimentary on-campus black and white printing credits.

    Financial Hardship from COVID-19

    The university has funds reserved for students who demonstrate financial need for technology device support.

    Personal Computers Encouraged

    Personal Computers Encouraged

    We strongly encourage that all students have access to a personal computer, laptop, or tablet for academic learning. The university is committed to a digitally accessible education environment with most courses including at least some online content. A personal device provides greater flexibility of where to study and how to complete course assignments.

    Desktop computers are available in campus libraries and are restricted to printing only. Please note that these labs may have limited building hours and are available on a first-come basis.

    Microsoft Office is Provided

    Microsoft Office is Provided

    Microsoft Office is a suite of documentation, productivity, and collaboration tools available to members of the St. Thomas community.

    Complimentary Printing Credits

    Complimentary Printing Credits

    Each semester students receive 400 pages of complimentary on-campus black and white printing credits.

    Financial Hardship from COVID-19

    Financial Hardship from COVID-19

    The university has funds reserved for students who demonstrate financial need for technology device support.

    Residence Hall Technology

    Technology to Bring to Campus

    The following devices are most-compatible with our campus network.

    • Personal computers, tablets and mobile phones
    • Smart TVs, game consoles and Chromecasts
    • Printers (non-wireless)

    Technology to Leave at Home

    These devices are not recommended on campus and may not be compatible with our network.

    • Wireless printers
    • Wireless routers
    • TV converter boxes

    Technology Provided by St. Thomas

    ITS provides the following services in the campus residence halls.

    • Computer labs and printers
    • Cable TV and XFINITY on-demand live streaming
    • Wi-Fi & Network services

    Getting Started As A Student

    Quick steps for getting started and connecting with the St. Thomas community.

    1. Claim Your St. Thomas Account
      Your account allows you to login to your St. Thomas email, campus computers, and other digital resources.
    2. Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
      Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security method for your account that helps verify that you are the person who is logging into your account. MFA protects you and the university.
    3. Sign Up for Campus Emergency Alerts
      Register your mobile device with the University's Emergency Notification System to receive text or email alerts for campus emergencies (including weather), safety concerns or crisis situations.
    4. Explore the Tommie Tech Canvas Site
      The Tommie Tech Canvas Site will walk you through a high-level overview of all the technology systems you will encounter as a student.
    5. Review Your Account in Murphy Online
      Murphy Online is the hub for accessing an ever-growing list of personal, academic, and financial information.
    6. Browse OneStThomas
      This is our intranet where you will find news, on-campus events, sign-in links for all University systems, and more.

    Additional Resources

    Student Technology Portal (Intranet)

    Our university intranet provides quick navigation to student resources including apps, tools, and technology services.

    Campus Technology News (Intranet)

    News articles posted to our intranet by the Innovation & Technology Services department.

    Technology Discounts

    St. Thomas does not sell personal technology, but you may take advantage of educational discounts through the university.