Before you get to campus

Follow these 4 easy steps to get ready for school before you get to campus.


Log in to MyUW for course catalog and scholarships

Find quick access to your courses, schedules and scholarships with your personalized MyUW campus portal.


Get free or discounted computers, accessories, and software

UW-Madison students get discounts on computers, accessories and software. The DoIT Tech Store and Help Desk associates are there to give you personalized consultation on the best computer for your major and your needs. Review our campus laptop recommendations.

See our Student Computing Checklist for the list of essential technology you’ll need to have on campus. Get free software from the Campus Software Library, or purchase discounted software at the Tech Store.

3. Set up your Email and Calendar

Set up your campus email and calendar for your laptop and mobile devices with this easy instruction guide. Your campus email account includes unlimited storage and virus filtering.

4. Secure and backup your Computer

Follow these 5 tips to keep your computer – and yourself – safe and make sure to install your free antivirus and VPN software. Create a backup plan. Consult our Backup Storage Guide to learn tips and tricks and get access to campus backup resources.

Once you arrive

Follow these 5 steps to prepare for the semester once you get to campus.

1. Get connected online to the Campus Network

Connect to the campus wireless network for fast and easy network access. Or connect to the network in UW Housing Residence Halls (ResNet).

2. Know where to get free computer support and discounted repair services

Get free tech support at the DoIT Tech Store 7 days a week for password resets, general troubleshooting and free virus detection and removal. Get free diagnosis and warranty service or fee-based computer repair on campus.

3. Find campus computer labs and printing options

Find one of the 2,000 available computers around campus closet to you. Find out how to get printing with the color and black and white printer options available in all campus computer labs.

4. Find free technology training

Get free training courses from Software Training for Students or free online tutorials at

5. Get learning support for students with disabilities

Contact the McBurney Center for a wide range of accessibility tools available to you.

DoIT Tech Store & Help Desk Locations

We’re here to help. Contact us for free technology consulting at any of our 3 in-person locations or on the phone, email or chat:

DoIT Help Desk Contact

608-264-HELP (4357)  |  Chat  |  Email

Computer Sciences Location

1210 West Dayton Street
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.*

Health Sciences Location

750 Highland Avenue
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.*

333 East Campus Mall Location

333 East Campus Mall
608-264-DOIT (3648)
M–F: 10 a.m.–7:00 p.m.*
Sat–Sun: Noon–4 p.m.*


*Hours may change depending on time of year. Please check website for current hours.