Students at UVa
Basic Essentials for New Undergraduates
A laptop computer is essential for your academic career at the University. You may opt to buy a new computer or bring one from home, but it must meet the minimum standards:
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 (PC), OS X 10.7 (Mac)
- Hard drive free space: 50GB
- Processor speed & memory: equivalent to an Intel Core 2 Duo/2GB
- Networking capability: 802.11g and/or n wireless
- Antivirus program: needs to be up-to-date
- Productivity program: Microsoft Office 2010 (PC) or Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
- Good idea: backup storage, Ethernet cable, surge suppressor
7 Key Considerations When Choosing a Computer
- Software: UVa students get Microsoft
Office and OS upgrades for $15 per title; antivirus is
free, so don't pay extra for it on a new computer.
- School: Check whether your school has specific technology recommendations.
- Warranty Coverage: Compare service plans carefully.
- Portability: Think about weight if you're going to carry it around all day.
- Backup/Storage: Do some disaster planning ahead of time. UVa offers
real or virtual storage space.
- Comfort Level: Get a computer you're familiar with.
- Printer: If you need to print, get a printer with a USB port and cable since
wireless printing is not supported in residence halls.
- Accounts/Passwords: Be sure to review the 10-step process from passwords and ID verification to accounts and wireless that you will go through as you move from applicant to new admit to UVa student!
- Lost Password? Use the Lost Password Wizard to get a new one, selecting the appropriate status for yourself (“not yet a student” to get another Temporary password, or “current student” to reset your Permanent password).
Internet Access: UVa Wireless & Wired
- Wireless is provided in all first-year residence halls, in the libraries, on the Lawn, and in most classrooms.
- First-time setup is easy once you are on Grounds and have your Permanent UVa password. Follow the instructions for the automated Network Setup Tool.
- Wireless is not recommended when trying to stream movies or TV shows—plug in an Ethernet cable for best viewing.
UVa Email Account
- Students get a UVa Gmail account, provided by Google.
- Visit our FAQs for answers to most of your questions.
UVa-Provided Online File Storage Options
- Box: This popular online storage service to UVa students in the Fall. Stay tuned for more details.
- UVaCollab: Used by professors for course management at UVa. You have 4GB of personal storage in your UVaCollab My Workspace area, accessible from anywhere, via the Web.
- Home Directory Service: Enables you to save and store files in the UVa Hive and access them later; and even to publish your own page on the Internet, using its access to personal Web space. It provides 4GB of storage.
24/7 Free Tech Support
- Get Help: Contact the UVa Help Desk 24/7/365 for tech support.
- Stay Informed:
About Cable Television, Cell Phones, & Mobile Devices
- Cable TV sign up: You can do this once you have received your Housing
assignment (mid-July). See availability, pricing,
and channel information (subject to change) and
how to connect your TV.
- For cell phones, smartphones, tablets, & mobile devices:
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have
put in cell boosters in student residence hall areas and in certain other public
venues (such as the John Paul Jones Arena, Scott Stadium, and Newcomb Hall). Other
cellular carriers do serve the Charlottesville market and may work for you.