Student Start-Up

Laptop Requirements

Incoming students are required to obtain a laptop computer for class use. Students should contact the academic departments in which they intend to register for courses to ascertain minimum laptop requirements.   Certain courses make require specific hardware and software needs.


A NetID is your user ID at the university. It acts as an electronic passport, giving you access to a variety of online services offered at through the university system. To create an activate your NetID, visit the NetID Services webpage and select “Activate your USF NetID”.


All admitted USF students are given Gmail accounts, in connection with their USF NetID, to host their university email. This serves as your default email address for many online university services. Your student Gmail account gives you 6GB of online storage and access to Google Apps.

All student email addresses are assigned using the following format: [NetID]

You can access your email through your MyUSF page (described below) or by navigating directly to this page (be sure to bookmark it!): Student Email


MyUSF acts as a single point of access for a variety of important university web services, including your student email and online class materials (i.e. Blackboard and Canvas). You’ll also find important announcements here, and you can access NetID services or OASIS (for tracking your class enrollment) from this page.

Access it here: MyUSF

Virtual Apps

As a USFSM student, you can access a variety of programs for free (including Adobe CS5, Microsoft Office, and many others) directly over the internet. Visit the USF Application Gateway to get started.

Wireless Internet Access

Get online anywhere on campus by following these wireless internet access instructions.

Printing on Campus

For information regarding on campus printing for students, please visit the Information Commons Student Printing page.