Resources for Students

Welcome to our new and returning students. HGSE Information Technology is here to help you with your computing needs. We offer publicly available computers throughout campus loaded with the most up-to-date software. Our IT Service Center staff can help you any of your questions from recommending and repairing hardware to offering statistics support, and more.

Essential Resources

Email and Microsoft Office365
All incoming HGSE Students will be set up with a Microsoft Office365 account giving them access to email, the full MS Office suite, as well as online file storage and sharing.
Please click here to view the email recently sent to all incoming HGSE students for instructions on how to claim your official Harvard HGSE email address.
For access, training, and to download Office365 visit

If you are experiencing issues logging into email after you have waited 24 hours for setup, please follow these directions

This PDF shows how Google Apps maps to Office365 Apps and may be helpful if you are used to using Google Apps.
Your O365 account will remain active for 230 days after your commencement date. It will be automatically be deleted after this time period.

Wireless Printing for Students
Wireless printing for students is available on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of Gutman Library. To use any of these printers you will need to be connected to the internet via Harvard Secure. Please follow these instructions to install the printer

Access to HGSE public computers
Each student has a network account for accessing computers and printers located throughout Gutman Library.  For instructions on how to login and/or change your password please click here

AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware Software
The IT Service Center provides a free copy of McAfee Antivirus and Anti-Spyware to all HGSE students for their personal computers. Please follow these instructions to install the software.

    Course Web Sites and Course Materials
    All HGSE courses have an associated course web site in the Canvas LMS. Once you are enrolled in a course, you will automatically be given access to the site. All course materials are found on this site or via this site. Both the course site and your “iPa©” (your electronic course materials repository) are mobile-friendly. To learn more about iPa©, click here. For a student orienation to Canvas please visit this website. 

    Digital Equipment Loans 
    The Gutman Library loans out digital equipment such as cameras, voice recorders, and transcribers to the HGSE community following established check-out and check-in procedures with the borrower.

    Hardware and Software Support
    The IT Service Center has Macintosh and Dell certified technicians.The staff would be happy to help with any issues you may be experiencing. Please visit the IT Service Center on the third floor of the Gutman Library.
    Minimum standards for computers are: 8G Memory, 256G Hard drive and an operating system of Windows 7, 10 or Mac OS El Captain or Sierra.

    Harvard Emergency Text Service
    Harvard’s emergency text service helps you to stay informed in the event of an emergency by sending alerts to your personal electronic device (cell phone, PDA, smartphone, etc.) through text messaging, voice, and/or email. To sign up, click here

    Printing, Copying, and Scanning
    Publicly available printers are located on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floors of the Gutman Library.  
    Photocopiers are available on Gutman Library 1st and 2nd floors. 
    MFD Scanners are located on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th floor of Gutman Library. When book scanning it is best to use the Gutman 2nd floor MFD.  Scan to email and flash drive is available.
    Printing and Copying requires use of Crimson Cash card swipe.To add Crimson Cash to your HUID card visit
    Costs are:

    • $0.05 per page B&W single sided and $0.8 per page B&W double sided
    • $0.75 per page Color (available only on 3rd floor)
    • Scanning is free

    Software and Hardware Purchasing
    Students can purchase specially priced computers, tablets, and accessories from Dell, Apple, Google and other vendors at Harvard Tech Products for personal use. Discounted copies of many of the software programs in use at HGSE are available also. Purchases can be made directly by visiting

    Wireless Connection
    Wireless internet access is available from most places at the HGSE Campus. We recommend that you connect to our secure wireless network, "Harvard Secure" when on-campus, or the "eduroam" wireless network.  The "eduroam" network is a secure, worldwide Wi-Fi roaming for the research and education community - HarvardKey holders may access "eduroam" wireless networks at participating educational and research institutions around the world.
    Click on your device's Operating System for information on connecting to "Harvard Secure".  FAQs and more information on Wireless Access can be found here.

    Apple OSX
    Microsoft Windows
    Apple iOS

    Booking Conference Rooms and/or requesting Media/AV support
    To book a Conference room and Media support for your HGSE related event please follow the instructions here.
    If you are a TF/TA and need to add Media support to your classroom that has already been booked please click here.