Welcome Class of 2021

This is your gateway to useful IT information, including how to purchase a laptop at academic pricing, getting free software for your computer, using cloud storage for all of your documents and work, your in-room phone service, and more!

Listed below are just some of the important services we will provide to you now and throughout your college career at Bowdoin. The information is arranged by color for easy identification.

    Green boxes list things you can do now from home.
    The blue box has a mix of items that you can do at home but can't take advantage of until you arrive on campus.
    Yellow boxes list things you may want to take advantage of once you arrive on campus.
    The red box highlights where to get additional information.

Information Technology is committed to providing all students the technology resources & support that they need for all academic and other pursuits while you're with us. At any time, if you have questions that are not answered below, reach out through the Questions forum (link in the menu bar above), by email at sts@bowdoin.edu or any of the other methods listed in the "More Information" box below.

Email

Access your email from a web browser at https://webmail.bowdoin.edu/ or from a mobile device at any time while connected to the Internet. Along with email, Bowdoin provides calendaring, contact lists and the ability to chat with fellow students and staff using Microsoft Skype for Business.

Software

In addition to Office 365 and the full version of Office 2016, Bowdoin works with several software vendors to offer titles to Bowdoin students at no cost. Some of these titles include Symantec Antivirus, EndNote, Chemdraw, Mathematica and Prisim. Other software titles may be purchased at educational pricing. For more information about other free software, visit our College-Provided Software page.

 Wireless

Connect your laptop, iPhone, iPad, other smartphone or tablet device to Bowdoin's wireless network. Access PolarPrint, surf the web and more. Choose the BOWDOIN SSID (network name) from the wireless configuration screen of your favorite device and enter your Bowdoin username and password (while on campus). Some devices, such as video game consoles, are not able to access BOWDOIN due to software limitations. Those devices can be registered by filling out a request and then, on while using the device on campus, join the BOWDOIN-LEGACY network. For even more information look at our wireless how-to pages

You don’t have to bring your own wireless router. Consumer wireless routers will not function correctly on the Bowdoin campus so we ask that you leave any wireless router or access point you have at home.

Office 365 with OneDrive

Office 365 with OneDrive is an exciting new service at Bowdoin. Use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and access all your files stored on OneDrive any time from a web browser or from any Office app installed on a computer or mobile device. 

OneDrive provides you with 1 terabyte (TB) of cloud storage for free. You can also share your documents and collaborate on projects in shared workspaces that you control. 

You don’t have to purchase Office 2016 on your Mac or PC nor do you have to wait until you get to campus to have it installed. Log into office365.bowdoin.edu and click “Install Office 2016”, it’s free! 

Check out all the Office 365 apps at office365.bowdoin.edu

For more information, visit our Office 365 and OneDrive for Students page.

Television

Cable television services are available in all student dorm rooms. Bowdoin College provides 91 channels, 25 of which are high-definition channels. No cable box required. If you did not bring a coaxial cable to hook up your television, you can pick one up at Student Technical Services.

Telephone

Telephone service is provided in each dorm room with one phone per room/suite. Every student is supplied a telephone number that they will keep for the duration of their time at Bowdoin. This number includes free local calls. 

Traditional telephones and telephone services (fax machine, answering machine, etc.) will not work from your dorm room so there's one less thing to pack!

Computer Purchases

Bowdoin College has collaborated with Apple, Inc.and Dell, Inc. to provide our students with discounted prices on computers, tablets and computer peripherals.

For more information, visit our academic purchasing page.

PolarPrint Printing

PolarPrint printing services are available in most labs and public spaces on campus. You can install specific printer software onto your computer or you can print from your mobile device and pickup at any PolarPrint release station. Students are allocated up to 750 duplex (2-sided) print pages per semester to meet their printing needs. Visit the OneCard printing information page for more information.

Most personal wireless printers won't work on the Bowdoin network. If you would like to bring your own printer, be sure to bring a USB cable to plug it in to your computer. If you forget one, they can be purchased at the Bowdoin Bookstore, online or at a nearby retailer.

More Information

We know there's a lot of information to process and you may be thinking of a lot of different questions. There are also a lot of services that we don't have room for here (free IT equipment loaning center, Student Technical Services, etc.) and a lot of information we just can't cover. Don't worry though, we're here to help!

How can you reach us to get your questions answered? You can contact us in any of the following ways: