1. Virus protection is required. It is required that each student has a supported anti-virus program installed and updated when they arrive on campus. Cornell's network uses special software to verify that your anti-virus program working properly and that it is up to date. Computers that do not have anti-virus installed will be blocked from using the Cornell network.  For a complete list of supported anti-virus programs, visit our System Requirements page. 

  2. Microsoft patches must be up-to-date. In addition to having current virus protection, it is extremely important that your computer is up-to-date with the latest available security patches. The following link will direct you to the Microsoft update web page. At this site you can select to have your computer automatically detect what updates need to be installed and complete the installation process. http://update.microsoft.com

  3. All students need to provide their own phone and long distance access. Although we find that most students do not use our phone system, students do have the option of connecting a standard analog phone to the campus system. To do so, students are required to purchase a VoIP to analog converter which is available at the Office of Information Technology. Convertors will cost between $50 and $75 and will require 1-3 business days to configure. To begin the purchase and setup process, please call the Office of Information Technology at 319-895-4357. Due to Cornell’s location, some cell providers do not receive a reliable signal on campus. The three providers that we have found to provide the best reception are Verizon, US Cellular, and iWireless, but even they have trouble getting a signal in some campus buildings.

  4. All of Cornell’s residence hall rooms are connected to our over air high definition antenna.  By plugging in your television to the coaxial cable port on the wall, you will be able to receive local ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox stations.  To connect, all you need is a cable-ready TV and a standard coax cable. Once connected, don’t forget to have your TV automatically scan for available channels. If you have questions about setup, please email Information Technology or call 4357.  Additionally, dramatic improvements campus fiber networks, available bandwidth, and more than 150 additional WiFi access points around campus allows for streaming content to your device without the pesky buffering. 

  5. All students are provided an email address. You will receive your username, password, and email address at check-in. Your email address will most likely be your first initial followed by, your last name, and your predicted graduation year. (example: jdoe13@cornellcollege.edu).

  6. All on campus residence hall rooms have network access. Cornell is a wireless campus.  Your computer should be able to connect to one of our many wireless access points in any dorm room on campus. To connect to a wireless access point, follow the wireless connection instructions.  When you open a web browser, you will be directed to Cornell’s online registration page.  If needed, IT will assist in connecting a working computer that is virus and spyware-free to college network. If you wish to connect a wired device you will need to follow our wired network instructions.

  7. MAC or PC does not matter. We are often asked whether it is best to have a PC or Macintosh computer. Although this is entirely up to the user, there are many resources that are available only on the PC platform here at Cornell. For example, there are approximately 46 applications that reside and are executed from our application server. These are PC-based and are not available for Macintosh.

  8. Bring a laptop. Many incoming students question whether they should purchase a desktop or laptop computer. Currently, laptops are not required on campus but you are encouraged to bring a laptop rather than a desktop.  Wireless is available in all dorms and academic buildings.  Laptops are easy to take with you to the library, commons, or class. Currently, Cornell is piloting remote apps that will allow students to run applications from their own laptop rather than in a lab.  

  9. All incoming students should review the Cornell College Technology Policy Guide. This document addresses appropriate technology use in a range of areas.

  10. Students use Google Apps for email.  Students will now have a nearly unlimited storage space for their email.  Also, there are many more features like Google Chat and Google Docs that students may utilize.

  11. One more thing.  Microsoft Office is available for free with our Microsoft Campus Agreement.  You can find instructions for downloading Office on the student discounts page. You can learn how to get office as well as discounts on computer purchases on our employee and student discounts page.