Incoming Students

 So you are coming to Western, now what?

After you have been accepted but before you 'know' anything about how the IT environment works at Western, it is easy to get confused and frustrated. We understand! Here a few things we think will make it easier to get going.

After you are accepted...

Activate your Computer Account

After you have been accepted, the first thing you need to do to is activate your account.  You will need your Student ID and access to the email address you used when applying to Western.  If you do not know your Student ID, please contact Admissions at 1.800.876.5309.

Change your Password

After you have activated your account you should enroll in our Online Password Management System. This will allow you to change your password to something you can remember as well as allow you to reset your password online if you forget it.  You will use this username and password for just about everything on campus, so learn your student ID number and don't share your password!

Pay your Deposit and Register for Classes

When you activated your account, you were set up in the MyWestern online student information system.  You will use MyWestern for registering for classes, paying your bill,  getting your schedule, checking your grades, changing your address and just about anything else that is associated with your permanent academic record at Western. You can log into MyWestern (and all our other systems) using your student ID and password via the Big Red Buttons on the main Current Students page. 

Access your @western.edu email address

After you have registered for classes, you are assigned an @western.edu email address. The address most likely will have taken the form of firstname.lastname@western.edu, but if you have a common name, it may be different.  See our email page for details on how to access your @western.edu mail.

After you have been accepted and registered for classes you will ...

Gain access to campus resources

Once you have registered for classes you become a fully fledged Current Student which grants you access to all the computing resources on campus including student computers and wireless internet access. 

Receive your S:drive

All students have an online storage area, called the "S:drive" or "student drive' that can be used to save all your class related materials. The S:drive is automatically attached to any campus computer when you log in. Anything in the S:drive is backed up by the campus, so make sure to save your important materials here. 

Living on Campus?

If you are living on campus, make sure to check out our Residence Hall Network Access so you know what to expect in your building.

Want more information?

Visit our All Students pages for more comprehensive and detailed information.  Even better, give our Helpdesk a call, or if you are on campus stop by our office in Taylor Hall, Suite 125.