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Computing and Information Technology

Computing Environment and Internet Access

The information technology resources at the University of Washington accommodate many different types of computer systems and numerous computer labs provide student access to both Macintosh and Windows/PC computer systems. In addition, most areas of the campus are configured for wireless connection to the internet.

Email at the UW
Contact or (206-221-5000)

The University of Washington offers multiple options for UW email, calendaring and other cloud-based applications.

Personal Computers and Laptops

The vast majority of newer laptop and desktop computers are capable of accessing and using UW services and day-to-day academic tasks without any extra equipment or software.

For students looking to upgrade to a new computer, the University Bookstore Tech Center offers competitive and, in some cases, significantly discounted prices on hardware and software


Currently, the administrative computing resources in the department, including all student-accessible machines, are standardized on PC hardware running Microsoft Windows. Nearly all of our day-to-day work requires only a recent web browser and recent versions of Microsoft Office applications.

The UW Tech UWare site offers academic pricing on software applications including Microsoft, Adobe, SPSS, STATA and many other applications. The UWare site also provides licenses (free to students) for a number of internet and security-related programs such as email and virus protection.