Preparing Your Computer

Read and follow the instructions below prior to your arrival on campus to prepare your computer for connection to the campus network:

All Users

Use Up-to-Date Anti-virus Software

Students are required to run anti-virus software on their PC and Macintosh computers on campus. Click here to find a variety of anti-virus products to choose from, which are free for personal or limited use. If you choose to use one of these products, you are responsible for ensuring you comply with their terms of service.

Back Up Personal Data Regularly

IT Services highly recommends students back up personal data (e.g. pictures, music, videos, documents) regularly to avoid data loss in the event of hardware or software issues with personal computers. Backup solutions include a cloud-based service or external hard drive. Keep in mind that external hard drives and other backup solutions can also fail, so it is wise to store important data in more than one location. Students are responsible for their own backup methods and for managing personal data.

Microsoft Office

Through the institutions' enterprise agreement with Microsoft, CSB/SJU students are able to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the familiar and full Office applications, such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, it may be installed on up to five devices, and it is available offline. Your Office 365 installation will be free to you throughout your tenure at CSB/SJU. After you leave CSB/SJU, your Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus subscription will end. At that time, you will have the option of enrolling in other available consumer or commercial subscriptions. If you have a CSB/SJU network account, click the following link for more information and instructions: Get Microsoft Office

Note: If you click on the link above and are prompted to log in, enter the following:

  • User name: ad\username where username = your network username.  You must use a backslash.  ad/username will not work.
  • Password: <your network password>

Windows Users

Install Windows Updates

  • Go to
  • Follow the instructions provided to install the Microsoft Update software if it is not already installed, check for updates and install all available critical updates for Windows. 

Macintosh Users

Install Macintosh Updates

  • From the Apple menu, click Software Update.
  • Follow the instructions provided to check for updates and install all available critical updates for your Mac.

More Information

Network connections (both wired and wireless) are available in all residence hall rooms and provide connectivity to the Internet and network resources for student-owned computers, 24 hours-a-day.

See Requirements for Student Owned Computers Connecting to the CSB/SJU Network for more information on minimum requirements for connecting personal computers to the campus network.

See Connecting to CSB/SJU Student Network Resources for information and instructions for connecting to network resources from your personal computer.