Technology Guide for New Students

As a newly admitted student you will receive an email from ITS to the address you've been using to communicate with Admissions that includes your Network ID and directions for setting your password. The Network ID credentials are used for Email, Moodle, Banner Self-Service, wireless access, logging in to public computers, and most other campus services.

The password change utility allows you to change or reset your Network ID password.

If you haven't already, you should:

  1. Read ITS guidelines regarding strong passwords, then think of a new one.
  2. Change your password to your new strong password. The password change utility requires a minimum of 8 characters that includes one number, one uppercase letter, and one lowercase letter.
  3. Update your alternate email address so you can reset your Lafayette password if you forget it.

Before you arrive

Set up your Smartphone:

If you have a smartphone, synchronize it with your Lafayette email, calendar, and contacts.

If you're buying a new computer:

Visit the Computer & Software Sales page and the Student Computer Purchases FAQ, which includes frequently asked questions (and answers) about computing at Lafayette, including information on:

  • Purchasing a computer
  • Laptop vs. desktop
  • Suggested minimum specifications
  • Insurance and warranty

If you're bringing a computer you already own:

If you're bringing a computer and need Microsoft Office:

What to expect when you arrive

Access to wireless and wired connections

  • All residence halls have access to Lafayette's wired and wireless networks.
  • If you want to connect through a wired connection in your residence hall, and you'll be living somewhere other than McKeen Hall, Ruef Hall or Watson Courts, you will need to purchase an ALL-LAN network cable, which is available only from the college bookstore. McKeen, Ruef and Watson Courts residents can use a standard network patch cable available from the college bookstore, or most stores that sell electronics (Amazon, Staples, Wal-Mart, etc.).
  • Register your computer and any mobile devices with your Lafayette credentials to connect them to the wired or wireless networks. 
  • Bringing a game console or other device you need on the network? If so, check out Register a game console for online play to learn how to connect your device to the network.

Tech help during move-in

  • Technical support will be available in each residence hall during move-in to answer questions and to offer technical help on-the-spot.

Resources and services available

HELP DESK

Computing support is available 7 days a week. If you have a computer problem you can contact the Lafayette College Help Desk at 610-330-5506 or at help@lafayette.edu.

Tech Lounge

The Tech Lounge is a place to get quick help, one-on-one consultation, and other support services.  It is located in the lower level of Pardee Hall near room 028. The Tech Lounge is also Dell University Premier Access Partner and is able to make cost-free repairs to student Dell computers still under warranty. Additionally, limited warranty assistance is available for Apple and other manufacturer's devices.

College Portal

Located at my.lafayette.edu, the campus portal provides single sign-on and a starting point for various online services -- including Moodle, Spaces, Webmail, and Banner Self-Service -- available to students and other campus constituents. Learn how to customize your portal.

Email

It's more than just email. At Lafayette you will get a feature-rich Webmail client, as well as an integrated calendar and address book to manage your contacts and appointments online. Your account will allow you to store up to 1GB worth of email, calendar events, and contacts. Your email address is your Network ID followed by @lafayette.edu. You should check your Lafayette email account daily as it is one way you will be contacted with official college information including several weekly campus calendar email digests. Log into Webmail or read more about Lafayette's email system, Zimbra, how to set up email, calendar and contacts on your smartphone, and how to set up Mac Mail, Outlook, and Thunderbird on your computer.

Network file storage

Everyone at Lafayette gets 1GB worth of space to store files on a network server. Network storage is convenient because it allows you to work on a document, save and close it, then reopen it from another computer. Unlike a thumb drive, you cannot misplace your network storage, plus it's backed up every night. Access to your network space is available in a variety of ways and on a variety of devices. Visit the Samba help page for specific information. 

Moodle/Spaces

Many professors use Moodle, Lafayette's course site system, to post course content and activities (e.g., syllabi, assigned readings, discussion forums). In addition to the placement tests you'll take this summer, you might have clubs, organizations or other other academic related sites in Spaces.

WordPress

ITS offers WordPress for you to easily create and manage a Web site. Everyone at Lafayette is eligible to create their own site using this simple tool, which supports blogs, Web pages, photo galleries, and embedded videos (from YouTube or your own).

Computer labs

ITS maintains several computing labs across campus that include the full suite of Lafayette licensed software. Skillman Library has nearly 100 computers, both Mac and PC.

Printing

Laser printing is available in ITS-maintained labs and the Libraries, and is currently available at no cost to you.

Equipment lending at the library

A number of items, including video cameras, microphones, and external hard drives, are available for checkout from the circulation desk at Skillman Library. See the library catalog for a complete list of available equipment.

Technology workshops

ITS offers technology workshops throughout the semester for students and employees on a variety of applications, including Microsoft Office applications, iMovie, and WordPress. As a student, you also have access to thousands and thousands of online tutorials through Lafayette's agreement with lynda.com.