This page provides a quick overview of the many resources we provide to support your success as a student. For a more colorful version, see our handout on Technology Services for students.
For some helpful hints on printing, campus Wi-Fi, network storage, and more, view our Quick Tips Sheet!
Every student is assigned a Puget Sound account to access the following resources:
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.
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.
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 or Android device. Email is a primary form of communication at Puget Sound, so be sure to check your campus email account on a regular basis!
Students may use myPugetSound, the PeopleSoft portal, for conducting business such as bill paying and registering for classes.
You can retrieve a forgotten username or reset a forgotten password in myPugetSound. Once you’ve logged in, you can also change your password by selecting "My Account." Read more about Password Management for our password policy and security guidelines.
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.
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.
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 a network share in vDesk and on your Mac or Windows machine. Your network share and the files saved onto it can be accessed on any computer on campus, either through vDesk or by manually mapping to your drive on your personal machine.
The university provides printers in computer labs across campus. Through PrintGreen, each student is allocated 750 print credits per semester. Statistics show this is more than most students use, as many assignments are submitted online. Additional prints beyond the allocation cost 10¢ each. Print and Copy Services offers a wide range of services including color printing, binding, and laminating.
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.
Technology Services recommends that students do not use “beta” operating systems (operating systems that are still in the testing phase) on their personal computers. If you choose to install a beta operating system, Technology Services may be unable to resolve issues that you may encounter, including the inability to connect to campus systems, or the loss of data.
Comprehensive wireless connectivity in all campus buildings
5 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
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!