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Getting Started: Get up and running at Vanderbilt

Undergraduate Students

  • Computer - If you plan to bring or buy a computer, be sure it meets the ResNet requirements and your school's requirements. Whether you will use your direct ResNet connection as a residential student or another Internet service provider, these requirements are crucial for ensuring adequate performance.
  • Update - Update/patch your computer's operating system to be sure that all manufacturer recommended updates/upgrades have been applied. Windows users can do this by choosing "Start > Windows Update." Mac users can click on the Apple menu, then "Software Update." 
  • VUnetID - Authorize your VUnetID and activate your VUnet Services. You will use it to identify yourself to essential online services and resources at Vanderbilt. For security reasons, the student should do this NOT the student's parents. The student must know his/her password, but nobody else should.
  • Wireless Access - Setup wireless on your computer
  • Housing Apply for housing.
  • VU Gmail and Cloud Collaboration - Bookmark the following link for web access to your VU Gmail. Get started using Google Docs.
  • Antivirus -  Install antivirus software on your computer, available at no charge to you.  And protect your computer with anti-spyware software, also at no charge.
  • Free Software - Students can download Microsoft Windows and Office for free through the Vanderbilt Software Store. Other popular software is available at significant discounts through the Software Store.
  • Cell  Phone - Need a cell phone? Several cellular vendors offer special plans to Vanderbilt students which were designed based on student input.
  • Bring your Restore Media - Please be sure to bring your restore media (CDs/DVDs) for your computer and any other software you purchase for it. If your machine were to get infected with a virus, or malware you will need these disks to get your computer back up and running. If you have already arrived on campus, it is worth having these items mailed to you. Also, be sure to back up your important files regularly and/or store them on a cloud service like Google Docs.
  • Secure Your Digital Life - Check out these important tips for keeping yourself and your computer safe online.

Become familiar with online services available to you at Vanderbilt. Here are some for which you will have access to when you authorize your VUnetID:

  • Register for classes - Log in to YES (Your Enrollment Services) to register for classes.
  • Blackboard - Blackboard is a web-based courseware application. Instructors can post course-related information for students and conduct courses in a secure online environment, as well as communicate with class members.
  • Heard Library - Access databases, electronic journals and other services.
  • PeopleFinder - Access online contact database for the Vanderbilt community.
  • Access 2 Academic Information - Access your personal academic record information online. Instructors also have access.

Know that assistance is available:

  • VU Help Desk - The VU Help Desk provides assistance with questions or problems concerning connecting to VUnet, the campus data network. Help Desk staff also assists with email clients, web browsers, certain desktop applications and remote access issues.
  • Computer Labs - Some computer labs are available to all students, free of charge. The labs feature word processing, spreadsheet and instructional software, as well as access to the Internet and other resources. Staff in the labs are generally familiar with software in the lab and can provide assistance on a walk-in basis.
  • Additional Support - Access support provided specifically for your school from Distributed Technology Services.

Additional items for Residential Students

Graduate and Professional Students

  • VUnetID -  Authorize your VUnetID and activate your VUnet Services. You will use it to identify yourself to essential online services and resources at Vanderbilt. For security reasons, the student should do this NOT the student's parents. The student must know his/her password, but nobody else should.
  • Update - Update/patch your computer's operating system to be sure that all manufacturer recommended updates/upgrades have been applied. Windows users can do this by choosing "Start > Windows Update." Mac users can click on the Apple menu, then "Software Update."
  • Vmail link - Bookmark the following link for Web access to your Vmail.
  • Antivirus -  Install antivirus software on your computer, available at no charge to you.  And protect your computer with anti-spyware software, also at no charge.
  • Free Software - Students can download Microsoft Windows and Office for free through the  Vanderbilt Software Store.
  • Cell Phone - Need a cell phone? Several cellular vendors offer special plans to Vanderbilt students which were designed based on student input.

Become familiar with online services available to you at Vanderbilt. Here are some for which you will have access to when you authorize your VUnetID:

  • Register for classes - Log in to YES (Your Enrollment Services) to register for classes.
  • Blackboard - Blackboard is a web-based courseware application. Instructors can post course-related information for students and conduct courses in a secure online environment, as well as communicate with class members.
  • Heard Library - Access databases, electronic journals and other services.
  • PeopleFinder - Access the online contact database for the Vanderbilt community.
  • Access 2 Academic Information - Access your personal academic record information online. Instructors also have access.

Know that assistance is available:

  • IT Support - The IT Help Desk provides assistance with questions or problems concerning connecting to VUnet, the campus data network. Help Desk staff also assists with email clients, web browsers, certain desktop applications and remote access issues.
  • Computer labs - Some computer labs are available to all students, free of charge. The labs feature word processing, spreadsheet and instructional software, as well as access to the Internet and other resources. Staff in the labs are generally familiar with software in the lab and can provide assistance on a walk-in basis.
  • Additional Support - Access support provided specifically for your school from Distributed Technology Services.

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Last Modified: 2014-12-16