New Student & New Computer Checklist

Preparing a computer for use at the College is fairly straightforward, but take a look at this checklist to make sure you don’t miss a step.

If you’re buying a new computer, consider our recommended laptops. Alternately, you can bring an older computer and use the first semester to assess your computing needs.

College of Charleston students are eligible for a free subscription to Office 365 through Microsoft. Visit our setup instructions for more details.

Students primarily use two wireless networks on campus: MyResnet and eduroam. MyResnet broadcasts in the residence halls, while eduroam broadcasts throughout the rest of the campus.

MyResnet is supported by Apogee. If you have difficulty connecting, you can reach their support line at 855.290.7138.

To connect to eduroam, follow these easy instructions or visit the Access & Instruction desk in the Addlestone Library.

Follow these instructions to set up printing from your computer to our printers. Just remember, you must be connected to eduroam for your computer to talk to our printers. You cannot print from the Guest network or from the network in the residence halls.

Download and install Google’s Backup and Sync application to safely back up your important documents and files securely in the cloud so if something happens to your computer, your data is safe.

The Office of New Student Programs has produced Guidebook, a smartphone app specifically for new students. Visit their app information page for more information on how to download and use the app.

To deter theft and help locate your laptop in the event that it is lost or stolen, register your electronics with Public Safety.

Sign Up for Office 365 for Free!

Don’t Buy It, Students Can Install Office 365 Products for Free

All College of Charleston students can access Office 365 with their College credentials and use applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more from anywhere, at any time, using any device with an Internet connection. Students can also install Office 365 products on up to five separate devices like a desktop, laptop, tablet, or cell phone – for free. In addition, with Office 365 students have 1TB of cloud-based storage space available in OneDrive.

Be sure to stop by and see us at Orientation! In the meantime, stay connected with Information Technology on social media: Facebook @cofcit, Twitter @cofcit, and Instagram @cofc_it.
Reach out to the IT Service Desk with any immediate questions at or 843.953.3375.

For instructions on signing in to Office 365 and downloading the Office suite, click below to see step-by-step installation instructions.