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New Student Guide to Digital Resources

Welcome to the University of Utah! This list is meant to provide you with a quick glance at some of the many digital resources you may need as a student at the U and to direct you to answers for any questions you may have. Of course this is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you have suggestions for something you think students should know about, email

We also provide guides for new staff, new faculty, and IT staff.

Please also consult with your department or college IT staff, who may provide other helpful resources specific to your organization.

Campus Information Services (CIS)

Many university services require you to log in using your University Network ID (uNID) — which you received from Admissions when you were accepted — and Campus Information Services (CIS) password. The first time you log in to, you will be prompted to set a new password and answer security questions.

The Campus Information Services portal contains a variety of key areas, including areas for class tools, graduation information, grades, financial services, library research tools, and more. 

Free or discounted software

The University of Utah has several campus agreements to provide some of the most popular software to students free of charge or at a greatly reduced price. This software can be found at the Office of Software Licensing. You can find information about free Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Box cloud collaboration and storage; low-cost MATLAB, Simulink and 49 companion products; and more. Security tools are also available at low cost to students.


Canvas is the primary online learning management system (LMS) of the University of Utah, where you can view classes, grades, and any additional content provided for your classes (videos, discussion boards, etc.). You can access Canvas by visiting this page and logging in with your uNID and CIS password, or by selecting "Canvas Login" on the main page of For Canvas support call 801-581-6112 or email


All students have access to a free UMail university email account on the Microsoft Office 365 (O365) platform. UMail is one of the primary ways the university contacts students and shares official information. Log in to UMail at; when you get to the Microsoft login screen, use as your username. We recommend that you create an email alias that follows a format. 

Network acceptable use and information security policies

By using any part of the University of Utah network you are agreeing to follow the rules overseen by the Chief Information Security Officer. Please read an overview of the network acceptable use policy, and review the university's Information Resources Policy 4-002 and Information Security Policy 4-004.

Connecting to the University network

Wired connections are available in student housing, computer labs, and in office areas. Campus also has four wireless networks: UConnect, UGuest, ULink, and eduroam. UConnect is a secure connection requiring a valid uNID and CIS login. Most users can visit to connect a device. UGuest is intended for university visitors and not intended for students as it has limited bandwidth. ULink is the university’s wireless network for Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Chromecast, etc. Eduroam allows students, faculty, and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.

Note: If you choose to share your network connection over a router or hotspot, you are responsible for all activity that takes place from all connected users.

Read up on network best practices to "Be a Good Wi-Fi Citizen" and learn how your actions can impact the Wi-Fi experience of others.

Sign up for campus alerts

To specify how the university will contact you in the event of campus emergencies, official closures, and other important events, review the information under U of U Campus Alert section in the CIS portal

Update campus directory information 

To update your student profile in the campus directory, follow these instructions.


Campus help desk

The campus help desk is staffed constantly. To quickly find answers to your questions, search the UIT knowledge base. If you still need help, call (801) 581-4000 opt. 1. For less urgent issues, you may also email For IT outage information visit our IT Services Status page at or follow @UofUITStatus on Twitter.

Marriott Library Knowledge Commons/campus computer labs

The largest student computer lab on campus is the Marriott Library Knowledge Commons. Many colleges also host labs or student workstations.


There are four major libraries on campus: the J. Willard Marriott Library, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, the James E. Faust Law Library, and the McKay Music Library.

Teaching & Learning Technologies

Teaching & Learning Technologies offers support and tutorials for Canvas. Students may also borrow audio, video and imaging equipment and cables for class-related work through TLT.

Exam Services 

TLT Exam Services provides proctored exam services for those online courses that require proctored exam support. The main campus test lab is located in the Marriott Library in the UOnline Center. Extension sites also provide proctored services.


Virtual Private Network (VPN) access is available. Get more information about using VPN with the campus network here. For instructions to connect to the VPN with an iPad, click here.

Last Updated: 5/1/19