Before and during MSU AOP
Activate your MSU NetID: Your NetID gives you access to a variety of MSU resources.
Log into your email using your NetID and password and download complimentary Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote).
Undergraduate student email & Office applications
Download Office Pro Plus applications: Once logged into Spartan Mail, click on “Office 365” in the top left and then click the “Install now” button.
Graduate student email & Office applications
The email system for graduate students depends on the date they were admitted to Michigan State University.
All graduate students can download Office Pro Plus applications. Log into spartan365.msu.edu using your NetID and password, clicking on “Office 365” in the top left and then clicking the “Install now” button.
Computers and the network
Review the MSU Computer Requirement and contact your specific degree program: Some programs and colleges have additional computer specifications.
Verify if your residence hall room has a Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection: You’ll need an Ethernet cord and possibly a dongle to use Ethernet ports. If you’re in a residence halls without full building Wi-Fi, you may also want to purchase a wireless access for your room.
The following residence halls have wireless in all rooms:
Visit the campus MSU Tech Store for technology, software, and Spartan accessories.
Before MSU move in
Encourage trusted individuals and parents to create a StuInfo Guess Account if you want them to have the ability to pay student bills, view financial aid information, view IRS 1098-T data, view MSU charges and credits, and confirm the student attendance. A guest account is much more secure than sharing your NetID and password. Read more on StuInfo Guest Access.
Learn more about MSU technology
- Learning management systems such as D2L and LON-CAPA
- Collaborative and storage tools such as Google G Suite for Education or Spartan 365
- MSU Print for on-campus printing
- Computer lab locations the wide wide range of specialty software available
Learn how to protect yourself online through SecureIT
- SecureIT: Safeguard your devices. Password-protect laptops, phones, access points, etc.
- Create strong passwords.
- Spot phishing attempts.
- Disable file sharing to follow copyright laws and policies.
In advance: Register devices to access the MSU network
Before you move into MSU, you can begin registering any devices (e.g., laptops, gaming devices, smart TVs) to access the MSU Network and Internet.
Do this by filling out the online “DHCP Services” form or by calling the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or toll free (844) 678-6200.
Getting connected during MSU move in
Network & Internet access
Wired access: All residence hall rooms have Ethernet ports for wired Internet access. To access the wired Internet, you will need an Ethernet cord and possibly a dongle.
Wireless access: Wi-Fi is available in academic buildings and the common areas of residence halls. Some residence halls also offer Wi-Fi access in rooms. Read more about MSUNet Wireless Access.
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. Make sure to password-protect your devices.
Register devices for wired & wireless connections
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.
- Open your web browser to dhcp.msu.edu.
- Log in using your MSU NetID and password and then follow the directions.
- Reboot or restart your devices when complete.
If you haven’t already, register devices that can’t connect to the Internet like smart TVs and gaming systems by filling out out the online “DHCP Services” form or by calling the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or toll free (844) 678-6200.
See Getting Online for more details.