From our perspective at OIT, a big part of welcoming you to the Princeton community is making it easy for you to begin your important work. To that end, we’ve assembled this technology information to get you started, and your department IT support, aka SCAD/DCS, will be there to help beyond the basics.
Accessing resources: your Princeton netID
As a first step, you will be getting an email prior to your start date telling you your University account, or netID, has been created. Your netID unlocks the full range of technology services at Princeton — University email, the campus network, computing and printing resources, and University applications — as well as helping you connect to the campus community.
Once you have your netID
- Set up Princeton email on your computer and smartphones
- Set up Duo two-factor authentication for security
When on campus, connect
Buying and setting up your computer
Programs specific to Princeton faculty and staff make computer purchase and setup more convenient, while ensuring on-campus support and repair. Similarly, campus site-licensing allows us to offer you an extensive collection of software.
- Faculty Computer Program (FCP)
- Staff computer programs (DeSC)
- Research Computing shows which research computing clusters, software and services are available to you, and offers system advice and training
- Princeton Virtual Desktops and Labs let you access a suite of web-based academic software (e.g. MATLAB, Stata) anytime, anywhere, on any device
- OIT Store is your source for software downloads and computer accessories
Accessing services for teaching, administration and collaboration
- GlobalProtect VPN — if you need to access restricted network resources from off campus
- Zoom video conferencing is the campus default application for collaboration
- Jabber gives you access to your calls and messaging remotely
- Tiger Speed — to measure your internet connection speed if you’re having trouble connecting to the Princeton network
Faculty FAQs: McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
For teaching-related technology questions and others, visit the McGraw Center website.
Information security at Princeton
Your data and research are valuable, so it’s important to learn how to keep your information secure and private while on our network.
- Safe computing best practices
- Protect Our Info security guidance
- LastPass Password Management Software
- Keeping Princeton's Digital Community Safe! (video)
- Phish Bowl phishing alerts and reporting
You can also learn more at the Information Security Office website.
Department IT support, or SCAD/DCS are your first stop
In the Frist Campus Center, make an appointment at the OIT Solution Center and Tech Clinic if your SCAD/DCS is unavailable
Self-help articles are online at the Princeton Service Portal