Summer Advising: Computing Checklist

While You're Here on Campus

Set Up Your UC Davis Computing Account Already done so? Good for you! Skip this step. Still have to do so? Set up your account online at, or on campus at IT Express (Room 182 of Shields Library).

Visit the Bookstore Computer Shop Located at the Memorial Union (known as the MU), the Bookstore features fabulous deals on computers and software, thanks to educational discounts. While at the Computer Shop, you might want to...

Shop for a Computer Keep in mind that the campus expects your computer to meet minimum performance standards. Specs are listed at, or you can ask the folks at the Computer Shop. Students eligible for need-based financial aid can apply at the Financial Aid Office for help in paying for a computer.

Get Anti-Virus & Off-Campus Internet Software Buy the UC Davis Internet Tools CD--under $10--containing Symantec AntiVirus and other useful software. It also contains a configuration tool for connecting (free) to the campus' dial-up Internet, one option if you won't be living in the dorms. Alternatively, you can download Symantec for free via the MyUCDavis Software page. Just go to MyUCDavis and click on "Sofware" under "UCD Resources".

Locate the Computing Help Desk The Computing Help Desk (aka IT Express) is on the ground floor of Shields Library (Room 182). Get help here with computing accounts, Internet connections, software, and operating systems. You can call IT Express at (530) 754-HELP, or email them at

Once You're Back at Home

Get Ready to Hook Up In the dorms, you can connect to the Internet for free, using high-speed ResNet, but first check to find out which equipment you'll need.

Explore MyUCDavis MyUCDavis, the campus Web portal, allows you to access your campus email, academic and financial aid info, course materials, and more.

Learn about Safe Computing Guarding against computer viruses, hacker intrusions, and identity theft has become vital for students. When you familiarize yourself with the "10 Steps to Safe Computing" on the Computer and Network Security site, you'll be ahead of the game.

Scout Out Computer Rooms Open-access computer rooms and media labs are available for drop-in use. They provide Internet access and a range of software and hardware programs used in UC Davis courses. See for specific room locations and hours.

Find Wireless Hotspots Wireless access has just been expanded to nearly 100 campus locations! See for a map and instructions for going wireless, and check back in Fall for new hotspots.