First Year Student Techlist

Technology Checklist for First-Year Students


black and white flat icon of computer with checkmarkBefore you arrive on campus, work through this technology checklist as a guide to campus computing and online resources.

✓ Reset initial password for official Macalester College account
✓ Activate Google Apps account
✓ Register laptop, tablet, smartphone, and gaming consoles for network use
✓ Review minimum recommended computer specifications
✓ Start serial number tracking sheet
✓ Review list of tech items to bring
✓ Review list of tech items NOT to bring
✓ Where to get help on move-in day
✓ Review Technology Policies and Guidelines

✓ Find out about Wi-Fi password for student wi-fi network
✓ Request a campus phone for res hall room (optional)
✓ Review the Current Student Techlist  

Reset initial password for official Macalester College account 

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password.macalester.edu | password rules | forgot username or password?

A status update email is sent to your personal email address with instructions on how to retrieve your official Macalester account details. Change your password immediately. 

Activate Google Apps account

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mail.macalester.edulist of accounts and services

Activate your Google Apps Account by Accepting Google Terms of Service. Once activated, you can start using Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and other Google Apps for Education products. Use your Macalester username and password to log in. Your signin and email address is: <username>@macalester.edu. 

Register laptop, tablet, smartphone, and gaming consoles for network use

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register device | secure device | wireless and wired network   

All computers, smartphones, tablets, iPads, and game consoles must be registered before connecting to the wireless and wired network. Wireless is available in the residence halls. Each room is also equipped with one ethernet jack for each resident so you can get the speediest connection. Bonus: ethernet cables available at no cost to students.

Review minimum recommended computer specifications

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minimum recommended computer specifications  |  public and departmental computer labs   

You may choose to bring your own Windows or Macintosh computer. Feel free to take advantage of the public and departmental computer labs located on campus. Printers are available at most computer labs. During the academic terms, some computer labs are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

Start serial number tracking sheet

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serial number tracker template

Get it logged. Get it back. Should your laptop or tablet be lost or stolen would you be able to quickly come up with its serial number? Now you can. Keep track of your stuff by recording the serial number and description in a Google Spreadsheet.

Review list of tech items to bring

  • ""System software CDs/DVDs that came with your computer.
  • Software installation CDs/DVD in case you might need to reinstall programs like Microsoft Office or games. 
  • Got a laptop? Then bring a laptop security cable to secure your laptop when it is unattended. 
  • Got a Wii? Then bring its LAN Adapter because our wireless network does not support 802.11b wireless.
  • USB Flash drive to transfer files
  • External hard drive to back up files

Review list of tech items NOT to bring

  • Wireless printer""
  • Wireless router
  • Other networking devices. ITS will block devices that cause problems for others. 
  • Ethernet cable, students may pick up an Ethernet cable at no charge from the ITS Help Desk in Neill Hall 314.

Review Technology Policies and Guidelines

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Information Technology Responsible Use  |  Filesharing  |  Digital Copyright Violations

Find out what it means to be a responsible user of technology services. Locate legal resources for online movies, television shows, and music. When students violate copyright laws, owners take action. Find out why what you don't know may hurt you.

Find out where to get help on move-in day

""The ITS Help Desk has extended hours and drop-in sessions located in the Library during Orientation. Get plenty of help getting your computer scanned and registered before classes begin.

Find out about Wi-Fi password for student wi-fi network

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The wi-fi password will be made available to first-year students upon arrival to campus.

Request a campus phone for res hall room (optional)

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Use a campus phone to dial 911 or any campus or local phone number. There are 11 things students should know about on-campus phone service for your room. There is no charge for this service, but you do need to request it.

Review the Techlist for current students

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Check out the list of technology to-dos after you arrive on campus, from downloading software to how to print on campus.