10 steps get your tech ready for MSU AOP

Welcome, Spartans! We are excited that you are starting your academic journey here at Michigan State University. The Academic Orientation Program (AOP) is an important step to get ready for the fall semester.

It’s our priority to ensure your experience goes smoothly, so we’ve outlined easy steps to get you and your tech devices ready for MSU!

Check out more resources at the New Students page.

Before you arrive at AOP

  1. Activate your MSU NetID: Your NetID will give you access to all to the digital resources you need to be successful.
  2. Log into Spartan Mail (undergraduate students): Spartan Mail is your official university email address and will be the hub for all of your MSU email correspondence.
  3. Download Microsoft Office products: MSU provides all active students complimentary access to Office Pro Plus. Once you’re logged into Spartan Mail, click on “Office 365” in the top left and then click the “Install now” button. Graduate students, learn how to get Spartan 365 tools.

During AOP

  1. Learn about the computer requirement for your specific degree program: Your program or college within MSU may require a specific type of computer.
  2. Learn about the computer labs on campus: MSU computer labs offer computers with a wide range of specialty software that is available for your use.

Before and after move-in to MSU

  1.  Register entertainment devices like Smart TVs and gaming systems (e.g., Apple TV, Xbox, Playstation).
  2. When on campus, register your Wi-Fi-enabled devices like laptops and phones to access the MSU network. Make sure you can easily get connected. See more in Getting Connected.
  3. Learn about the collaborative tools available to you: Whether you choose to use Google G Suite for Education or Spartan 365 tools for saving your documents to the cloud and working on important coursework, spend some time familiarizing yourself with your options.
  4. Verify if your residence hall room has a Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection: Determining this allow you to purchase an Access Point or Ethernet cord for your room.
  5. Participate in One Book One Community: Getting your devices ready for classes is important, but being part of the Spartan community is just as important.