New Students


As a newly enrolled student, you will receive an email from ITS that includes your Lafayette credentials and directions for setting your password. This email will come to the address that you have been using to communicate with Admissions. Your Lafayette credentials are used for email, Moodle, Banner Self-Service, wireless access, logging into public computers, and most other campus services.

Change your password

The Password Change Utility allows you to change or reset your Lafayette 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

Update your alternate email address

In the event you have forgotten your password, you must have an alternate email address associated with your account to complete the password reset. The password change utility allows you to manage your alternate email address.

The alternate email address you provide will not be used for any communication other than the password reset. Please come back to update the alternate email address if you change email providers or stop using the alternate email account.

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.

Are students required to have their own computers?

There is no requirement, but most students find that having their own computer is convenient.

Do I need to do anything with my computer before I arrive?

There aren’t any prerequisites you need to meet before you arrive, however we do have several tips that may help you to make a smooth transition:

  • Review the remainder of this guide. There are many questions that you may find answers to.
  • Make sure your operating system has the latest updates.

Access to wireless and wired network

Where is connectivity available?

All residence halls have access to Lafayette’s wired and wireless networks.

Residents of 512 March Street, Grossman House, McKeen, Ruef and Watson Courts can use a standard network cable to connect to the wired network. Network cables are available at the College Store should you need one. You may bring/purchase your own.

Residents of all other dorms will need to will need to purchase an ALL-LAN network cable, which is available only from the college bookstore, to connect to the wired network.

 

How do I connect my computer or mobile device?

To access the wireless or wired network, you must first register your device.

For me information about the registration process, see How to Connect to the Network.

How do I connect my game console or other media device?

Before your game console or other network device can be connected, it must first be registered with ITS.

To register your device, and for more information about this process, see Registering your game console or other media device

Are there any restrictions on how I can use my computer?

All members of the campus community are expected to abide by the college’s Acceptable Use Policy.

The copyright infringement policy further describes appropriate use associated with the use of file-sharing applications.

Software

What software is available?

Lafayette owns licenses for a variety of software that you will find in both our Public and Academic Labs. In addition,  students are eligible to install several software packages at no cost.

Please see the Software page for more information.

Am I required to have specific software?

No. Any software that you need to complete your course requirements is available in the Public or Academic Labs.

How do I get Microsoft Office for free?

Lafayette College offers Students Microsoft Office for their personal device(s) free of charge.

This includes the latest version of the Office productivity suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive. You will be able to access both the web version of the applications as well as download and install the suite on your personal device.

You can find out more at Office 365 Services for Students, Faculty, and Staff on Personal Devices

Do I need anti-virus software?

Its recommended that you have a form of anti-virus software installed on your computer.

A number of effective free options are available for personally owned Windows computers including Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Windows Defender, which is configured and enabled by default for Windows 8 and 10. A few free options available for macOS include Sophos, Avast, and AVG.

Manage my Lafayette acccount

How do I change or reset my password?

You can change your password using the Password Change Utility

How do I change my alternate email address?

You can change your alternate email address using the Password Change Utility

The password utility includes a feature that lets you reset a forgotten password. This feature requires that you set an alternate email address. The alternate email address you provide will not be used for any communication other than the password reset. Please come back to update the alternate email address if you change email providers or stop using the alternate email account.

Getting Help

Tech Lounge

The Tech Lounge is a place to get quick help, one-on-one consultation, and other support services.  It is located on 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.

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 610-330-5501 or at help@lafayette.edu.

Technology workshops

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

Using my Lafayette Account

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, Google for Education, Banner Self-Service — available to students and other campus constituents.

See more at Learn how to customize your portal.

Email, Contacts, Calendars

The recommended method to access your Lafayette Email, Contacts, and Calendars is to use Webmail.  You can also access Webmail from my.lafayette.edu, in the “Connect to My Accounts” block.

To access your email in your mail client or mobile device, review Accessing Lafayette Email, Contacts, and Calendars

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. Read more about Lafayette’s email system, Zimbra.

 

 

Create, store, and share files with Google for Education

Lafayette provides all students access to the Google for Education Suite. You can use G-Suite to create, store, documents as well as work collaboratively with fellow Students and Faculty across institutions.

You can also access G-Suite from my.lafayette.edu, in the “Connect to My Accounts” block.

GMail is not currently in use. To access email, please see Accessing your Lafayette Email, Contacts, and Calendars.

Enrolling in a course

The Office of the Registrar provides help on registering for course.

Please report any problems to the staff in the Office of the Registrar at (610) 330-5090 or via e-mail to registrar@lafayette.edu.

 

Moodle/Spaces to access your courses, clubs, and organizations

Many professors use Moodle, Lafayette’s course site system, to post course content and activities (e.g., syllabi, assigned readings, discussion forums).

You might have clubs, organizations, or other other academic related sites in Spaces.

Create a personal, club, or organization's website with WordPress

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

Lafayette file shares

In addition to Google Drive storage with Google for Education, everyone at Lafayette gets 1GB worth of space to store files on a network file share.

File shares are 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. See Accessing Lafayette File Shares for more information.

Did you know?

  • 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.