New Students

New Students: Getting Started

Once Accepted as a Student

  1. Activate your MSU NetID.
  2. Log into your email using your NetID and password.
    • If you are an undergraduate student, go to MSU Spartan Mail at spartanmail.msu.edu to set up your email. Spartan Mail uses Microsoft Office 365.
      • Download Office once logged into Spartan Mail by clicking on “Office 364” in top left and then clicking the “Install now” button.
    • If you are a graduate student, go to MSU Email at mail.msu.edu to set up your email.
  3. Learn about MSU Google for Education for collaborative tools and online storage. Log in using your NetID and password.
  4. Review the MSU Computer Requirement.
  5. Review the Acceptable Use Policy for MSU Information Technology Resources.

Once on Campus

  1. Register your computer and mobile devices to access the MSU Network (wired) and MSUnet Wireless by connecting devices to a working Ethernet jack or MSUnet Wireless where available.
  2. Open your web browser to dhcp.msu.edu.
  3. Log in using your MSU NetID and password and then follow the directions.
  4. Reboot or restart your devices when complete.

Wi-Fi is available in academic buildings and the common areas of residence halls. All residence hall rooms have Ethernet ports for wired Internet access. To access the wired Internet, you will need an Ethernet cord and may also need an Ethernet adapter depending on your device. Read more about MSUNet Wireless Access.

Some residence halls have Wi-Fi within rooms. Rooms in Akers, Butterfield, Case, Landon, Holden, Holmes, Hubbard, McDonel, Rather, Snyder-Philips, and Wilson have Wi-Fi installed. If you’re living in one of these residence halls, you won’t need a separate access point for in-room Wi-Fi.

If you are in a residence hall without in-room Wi-Fi and want to set up wireless, follow these directions for setting up an access point.

Note: Whoever registers the wireless connection/access point with MSU (over DHCP) is liable for the activities of any system connected to that device. If it’s unsecured and others use the network connection for malicious activities, the access point owner will be liable.

To maintain Wi-Fi quality, MSU IT can constrain wireless network devices with incorrect of conflicting configurations that could adversely impact the performance of the MSUnet Wireless

Microsoft Software

Office Pro Plus is available to all active MSU students.

Office Pro Plus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Each student can download Office Pro Plus on up to five computers (Windows or Apple iOS), five tablets (Windows, Apple iOS, and/or Android) and five smart phones.

Undergraduate student download

  1. Log into spartanmail.msu.edu with your NetID and password.
  2. Click on “Office 365” in the top left.
  3. Click the “Install now” button.

Graduate and life long student download

  1. If your password is more than one year old, reset your MSU NetID  netid.msu.edu to sync account information.
  2. Visit portal.office.com.
  3. Login using MSU NetID and new password credentials.
  4. Click on “Install Office 2016” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  5. Follow the prompts on the screen to download and install Office Pro Plus.

When no longer a student, Office Pro Plus will be available at a cost from Microsoft.

Read more about the Microsoft licenses provided by Michigan State University.

Connecting Smart TVs & Gaming Devices

To connect a device that can’t connect to the Internet like a smart TV or a gaming device, device, register online using the DHCP services request form or call the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 with the following information:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your residence hall and room number.
  3. Your type of connection (e.g., wireless, wired using an Ethernet cable).
  4. The MAC address of the device you wish to register.
  5. A name of your choosing to associate with the device (e.g., Sparty’s smart TV).

StuInfo Details

Students can allow guests, such as parents, to access to their StuInfo accounts using MSU Community ID accounts.

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SecureIT Safe Computing Tips

SecureIT offers information and tips for keeping your personal information and computer safe.

Passwords & Phishing

  1. Create strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone, including your parents.
    Learn more about strong passwords.
  2. Don’t respond to emails asking for your password and NetID or account information.
    Learn more about what to look for in a phishing email.
  3. Report phishing attempts to alert MSU to potential widespread phishing.
    Learn more about how to report a phishing incident.

File Sharing & Copyright

  1. Uninstall file sharing programs to prevent viruses.
    Learn more about pirating and illegal file sharing risks.
  2. Use free or paid media services for music, movies, and other copyrighted materials.
    Learn more about legal alternatives.
  3. Password protect wireless access points to prevent prevent file sharing on a connection that you are responsible for.

Changing or Restricting Directory Information

MSU publishes contact information online (name, address, phone number, and email address) for people and groups affiliated with MSU who are assigned an MSU NetID. Personal contact and business contact information are both published by default. Follow these steps to change or redirect your information published in MSU People Search.