Technology Resources for Students

Every student is assigned a Puget Sound login account to access the following resources:

Campus Network

You can connect using a campus port or by selecting PS-CampusAccess in the list of wireless networks. Parents and other campus visitors can connect through PS-GuestAccess. To ensure a safe computing environment, the university requires all computers connecting to the network to have automatic updates enabled and run updated anti-virus software (the university provides free downloads of select anti-virus software). Absolutely no illegal peer to peer file sharing is allowed. Read more about Connecting to the Network.

University-Owned Computers

The university provides a variety of computer labs, including four general access labs (two of which are available 24/7), a high-end digital media lab with editing equipment for audio and video, residence hall labs, and several discipline-specific labs. Computer kiosks are available for use by campus members and visitors in Collins Memorial Library, Memorial Fieldhouse, Wheelock Student Center, and Wyatt Hall.

Email and Calendar

Each student is assigned a Microsoft Exchange account with a 500 MB limit which can be accessed at   webmail.pugetsound.edu or by using an email client such as Outlook. Instructions are available for setting up Puget Sound email on your iOS mobile device or Android device. As with most universities, email is a primary form of communication at Puget Sound, so be sure to check your campus email account on a regular basis! 

Cascade and myPugetSound

The university system where students conduct business such as bill paying and registering for classes is in a state of transition. We appreciate your patience as we make this necessary conversion! Current access is through Cascade, our legacy portal. In Fall 2014 we'll have a new portal called myPugetSound.

Password Management

You can retrieve a forgotten username or reset a forgotten password in Cascade. Once you’ve logged in, you can also change your password there. Read more about Password Management for our password policy and security guidelines.

Moodle and Mahara

Moodle is an online resource for academic engagement where many faculty post course information, assignments, and other resources. Mahara gives students the ability to create e-portfolios showcasing their academic work and co-curricular activities.

vDesk and SoundNet

The university’s virtual desktop, vDesk, provides students anytime, anywhere access to software such as Microsoft Office and discipline-specific applications such as Mathematica and SPSS. Read more about vDesk.  Students can use the campus intranet, SoundNet, to collaborate and share group information and individual interests within a safe, protected environment.

Network Storage

Work done on vDesk can be saved locally, but the default location is the individual network storage of 4 GB provided to each student for storing and backing up university-related files. Read how to map to your network share in vDesk.

Printing on Campus

The university provides printers in computer labs across campus. Through PrintGreen, each student is allocated 750 print credits per semester, which statistics show is more than most students use (many assignments are submitted online, so students have less need for printers). Additional prints beyond the allocation cost 10¢ each. Print and Copy Services offers a wide range of services, including color printing, binding, and laminating. 

Technology Discounts

Be sure to check out our recommendations and learn about discounted pricing on hardware and software available to Puget Sound students. While we highly recommend students have a personal computer, please know it is not required as the university provides all needed technology resources in easily accessible areas on campus.

Quick Technology Facts

Comprehensive wireless connectivity in all campus buildings

1 Gbps high-speed campus connection to the Internet

Free HD cable TV in all residence halls, houses, and Greek residences

Over 300 machines available 24/7 in general access and residential computer labs

Extensive, multi-tiered technical support through the Technology Service Desk

High-end digital media lab for audio and video editing

A wide range of multimedia equipment available for checkout

More than 100 electronic teaching spaces

Protect Your Password!

Always protect your Puget Sound username and password so no one else can use it to access your information or jeopardize the university’s resources.

Remember, Technology Services will NEVER ask you to provide your password by email!