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Find what IT resources, support, and help are available to MIT students
Protect your electronic devices and data!

We can help you protect your computer or mobile device from theft. Learn more about theft deterrents.

While on campusback to top

If you are a brand new student, check out our Getting Started: New Students page to find out how to get up and running with IT, before you even arrive on campus.

Certificates for accessing the network

Certificates let you log on safely to MITnet and the internet, and identify you to various websites.

Desktop: First you need to download the MIT Certificate Authority. Then you can download your personal certificate.

Mobile devices: Download your certificates.

Note: Certificates expire once per year, which means you'll need to renew them at least that often. Install them on each browser for each computer or device you will use to access certificate-protected sites.

Connect to MITnet and the internet

You can connect wirelessly or plug in to an Ethernet port. Either way, just click on your web browser and follow the on-screen prompts to register your device.

Email

Visit owa.mit.edu to begin using email and setting up your preferences. MIT uses your @mit email address to contact you about everything and anything; however, you can always forward your @mit email to another account.

Note: In addition to your MIT/Kerberos account, you may be assigned a departmental email address in a domain such as @sloan.mit.edu, @math.mit.edu, @csail.mit.edu, etc.  This account is separate from your @mit.edu account. You should contact your department to find out when your departmental email address will be deactivated after graduation.

Stellar and WebSIS

Stellar is MIT's online course management system.  Many classes use Stellar for everything from the syllabus to online assignment submission.  You'll be prompted to identify yourself with your MIT certificates or your Kerberos username and password.

WebSIS is MIT's online student information system.  You can use WebSIS to view your course schedule, pre-register for classes, view your grades, and update your personal information.  When you use WebSIS, you need to identify yourself with your MIT certificates.

Browse and download available software

As a student, you have access to a large volume of software. Browse and download what’s available.

Educational discounts

As an MIT student, you can take advantage of special discounts on the following:

Mobile devices and cellphones

Did you know that we can help you configure your mobile device for use at MIT? Check out our Mobile Device Support page for details.

Get MIT’s free Mobile App, which includes an interactive campus map, shuttle schedule and people directory.

And while we're talking about mobile devices and cell phones, you should go ahead right now and sign up for the MIT Alert, and program in the phone number for the Campus Police (617-253-1212).

Find computer labs (and printers)

Called Athena Clusters, these groups of computers and printers are located in various locations across campus and available for students. Learn more, including where clusters and printers are located on a campus map.

Create a backup plan for your data

Don’t wait for a hard drive crash or software glitch to ruin your 50-page research paper the night before it’s due. Set up a data back up plan now and avoid a meltdown later.

Stay safe and secure while online

MIT's prestige and visibility on the Internet makes it a target of online attacks or phishing scams. If you receive email appearing to come from MIT, be aware that we will NEVER ask you to supply your password or other private information by email, nor will we ever require you to visit a special web page to "verify" your account. 

To help you keep your computer safe, we provide free anti-virus software to all members of the MIT community and we offer ways to protect your computer (and its data) from theft.

If anyone at MIT is harassing you over the Internet, report it to stopit@mit.edu. The issue will be handled confidentially to ensure the unwanted behavior is stopped. Learn more about MIT Stopit.

If you feel directly threatened or unsafe, contact the Campus Police.

Review available resources

Now that you’re up and running, take a look at all the IT resources available to you.

Leaving MITback to top

Stay connected

Get access to an exclusive array of resources and discounts after you graduate through the MIT Alumni Association.

You can register for your Infinite Connection account during your first semester on campus.

Set up email forwarding for life

Use one address to link all your email accounts through MIT’s Email Forwarding for Life service, exclusively for alumni.

Once you have filed your degree application, you should receive an email inviting you to sign up for Email Forwarding For Life.  We recommend you sign up as soon as possible, and begin using your @alum.mit.edu email forwarding address when corresponding with potential employers or others outside MIT.  Your current @mit.edu account will stop working approximately 6 months after graduation.

Back up your data or lose it

When you are no longer an MIT student, whether you graduate, transfer or leave for other reasons, your Athena account will be deactivated. So be sure to back up any data that you want to keep, including old emails, on your personal computers.

Uninstall software

If you installed any software from MIT during your time here, make sure you uninstall it if the license requires it.  MATLAB, for example, is only available for your use while you're currently enrolled at MIT.  Helping MIT comply with its license agreements ensures we can continue to make software available to future classes.

Note: If you installed Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office using MIT's student licensing, these products will convert to a permanent license upon graduation.  Shortly after graduation, you will receive an email with information about converting your license.  Microsoft only makes this option available to graduating students.

Learn more

There are several other services on campus that will be impacted when you graduate. Find out what you need to do to disengage from additional MIT resources.