IT Services

Incoming Students

Incoming Students

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

After you’re accepted…

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 970.943.2119.

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 and 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!

When you activated your account, you were set up in the MyWestern online student information system. You will use MyWestern to register for classes, pay your bill, get your schedule, check your grades, change 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.