Students at UVa
Essential Computing Info for New Students
Minimums for Support
You may opt to buy a new computer or bring an older one
from home. It should fit within
computing technologies at UVa and meet these minimum standards for support:
Minimum operating system:
PC: Microsoft Windows 7
Mac: OS X 10.9 or 10.8
Minimum free space on hard drive: 100GB
Minimum processor speed & memory: Intel Core 2 Duo/4GB or
equivalent See also
Consider These 5 Things When Choosing Your Computer for
1. Software: Save Your Money!
2. Warranty Coverage: You May Need Repairs While at School
TIP: Compare service plans carefully. Look at
both coverage length (e.g., 3 vs. 4 years) and location. Are on-site repairs an option?
Computers Service Center in the UVa Bookstore is licensed to repair Dell,
Apple, and Lenovo computers.
3. Portability: Keep Weight in Mind
You’ll carry this computer around a lot for the next few years, so balance
horsepower with heft when making your decision.
TIP: Take advantage
of collaboration spaces around Grounds with comfortable chairs, power
outlets, and wireless to do group projects, print on the go, or work in between classes.
4. Printing: Wirelessly to Public Printers, With a Cable to Your Own Printer
5. You: Be Honest with Yourself about Your Tech-Savviness & Check
with Your School
Many majors and programs have specific technology recommendations; ask first!
TIP: Thinking about switching to a platform you’ve
never used before? Consider whether that may cause you extra stress. Or, if your heart’s
set on one operating system though your program advises another, consider whether you’ll
feel comfortable providing your own tech support—or not.
Your Accounts & Passwords
ID Verification Process for New Students
NetBadge & Passwords
Forgot Your Password? Use the
Lost Password Wizard to get a new one. Select
the appropriate status for yourself: “not yet a
student” for lost Temporary passwords or “current student”
for Permanent passwords.
3 Things to Know About Internet
Access at UVa
Both wired & wireless are available across
Grounds. Wireless is in all residence halls, in the libraries, on the Lawn,
and in most classrooms. Wired connections are available virtually everywhere, too.
TIP: Know that Wi-Fi works like cell phone
coverage—there may be a few “dead spots,” and it may be slower if you’re in
a crowded location or are conducting bandwith-intensive activities like video streaming or chatting.
(See #3, below.)
First-time Wi-Fi setup requires your Permanent password.
(It won’t work with your Temporary one.)
TIP: Got your Permanent password?
Upon your arrival at Move-In, you
can connect to UVa Wi-Fi.
Windows & Mac computers, plus iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches),
can connect to UVa’s encrypted
cavalier wireless network. All
other devices must connect to the unencrypted wahoo network instead.
Wireless is . For the
best experience, plug in an Ethernet cable for movies, TV shows, or live
video-chatting via services such as Skype.
not recommended for streaming
Although you’ll primarily use wireless, bring an Ethernet cable with you to school anyway
. It’s good insurance!
Every dorm room has an Ethernet connection for
each person in the room. (So, double rooms have 2 ports, and triples have 3.)
TIP: Bring an Ethernet cable with you to access the faster, more reliable wired Internet connections available in your dorm and all around Grounds.
We’re currently upgrading UVa Wi-Fi, so it will be improving, but for now, wired is faster
and more reliable than wireless!
Recommended Software Programs
Microsoft Office: Recommended, and Just $15!
Yes! UVa students can get the latest
full version of
Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac and/or Windows 8 (to upgrade your operating system or
run on a Mac), for just $15 per title—a significant savings from the full
price and even the educational discount pricing. To take advantage of this
Buy a computer through the
program at Cavalier Computers, and your Microsoft software will come
pre-installed at no extra charge; OR
Bring or buy a computer from elsewhere, but wait to get the
latest version of Microsoft Office, to upgrade your
older PC to Windows 8, or to get a copy of Windows to run on your Mac.
Once at UVa, take your new student ID card (which you’ll get at
or upon Move-In) to
sign a form, and pay your $15 to
get your licensed Microsoft software. either
Cavalier Computers location,
TIP: Don’t pay for
Office 'til you arrive at UVa! You can get 2013 for Windows, 2011 for the Mac, and/or
Windows 8 (to upgrade your PC or to run on a Mac) for just $15 each.
Before you go, you may want to check with
to ensure they have the software you need in stock.
This deal is possible through an agreement UVa has with Microsoft for
all degree-seeking students. (Not working towards a degree? You still can still get
educational discounts on software at
Antivirus: Recommended for Both PCs & Macs, and Available for Free
An antivirus program called Microsoft Endpoint Protection is provided for you at no cost
as long as you are at UVa.
TIP: Once you have your Permanent password, select your operating system on Software Central, then Microsoft SC Endpoint Protection, to download & install your free antivirus.
Backup File Storage: Free through UVa Box
TIP: Once you have your
Permanent password, log into UVa Box to create your account
for the first time.
Specialized Software Programs: Prices Vary
You may need specialized software for some of your courses, but these will vary with your program and degree. Your access options are:
Other Computing Services Available to You
Free Tech Support, Around the Clock
TIP: Contact the UVa Help Desk for tech
support anytime. You can be helped via phone, live chat, or email—whichever you
And, connect with us on social media for tech news, tips, events, downtimes, & more:
Cellular Phone Boosters
Optional: If desired, you can request cable TV in your residence hall
room. (Note that some
residence halls have cable TV included in the Housing fee.)
Signup: Available once you have received your Housing
assignment in mid-July. Coordinate sign-up and payment with your roommate, if you have one.
Pricing: Not yet set for the coming school year, but last year, cable TV
Other Stuff to Know: Course Management, UVa’s VPN, Etc.