Getting Started: Student Tech Guide

IT Solutions is excited you are now a Maverick! We are here for you every step of the way. Below is our guide to getting started with technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us anytime with questions.

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Full Student Tech Guide (PDF)

Student Quick Guide (PDF)


Get Started!

KeyIcon.pngSet Up Your StarID

  • Your StarID is your login for online services at Minnesota State Mankato such as E-services, MavMAIL, wireless Internet, D2L Brightspace, and more. Make sure you remember it and keep your password safe!
  • StarID set-up help & information

Wi-FiIcon.pngGet Connected to Wi-Fi

  • Campus-wide: Eduroam is the preferred official Wi-Fi network across campus.
  • Residence communities: MyResNet is the official Wi-Fi network in residence communities.
  • Guest network: MavGUEST is available in certain locations year-round and campus-wide during winter and summer breaks.
  • wi-fi setup

EmailIcon.pngSet Up Your University Email, MavMAIL

  • Access and get familiar with your official University email, MavMAIL.
  • MavMAIL can be accessed online in Microsoft Office 365 and also by downloading Outlook on any device.
  • Check your mail often! You will receive important information on classes, financial aid, direct deposits and more!
  • Login to MavMail
  • download Office 365

PrintIcon.pngPrint on Campus with MavPRINT

D2LCoursesIcon.pngAccess Your Coursework Online with D2L Brightspace

FreeSoftwareIcon.pngSave Money - Free Software!

  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to you at no additional charge! Apps include Word, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, PowerPoint and more! Download and use on up to five devices. Online and app-based software is included!
  • Labs across campus feature specialized software tailored to your program's needs. Talk to your department to find out more.
  • MavAPPS also offers many specialty software solutions. These are great to explore once you've settled in a bit!
  • Office 365
  • MavAPPs
  • MATLAB & Simulink


Learn New Skills with LinkedIn Learning

  • Get free access to thousands of video tutorials taught by industry experts.
  • Learn skills in business, graphic design, music production, and much more!
  • Linkedin learning

CloudStorageIcon.pngSave Your Files in the Cloud with OneDrive

  • Save and access all your files in the cloud with OneDrive!
  • Benefits of saving your documents in the cloud are numerous and could save you stress in the chance of a lost or broken device. 
  • Access OneDrive and download apps in Microsoft Office 365.

NotificationIcon.pngSign Up for Emergency Notifications - Star Alerts

  • Receive text and email notifications in the event of campus-related emergencies, including campus weather announcements such as delayed class starts or campus-wide closures.
  • Star Alert Sign-up

PhoneIcon.pngDownload Mav Life - Official University Mobile App

  • Get the most out of your campus experience with Mav Life! Create your profile, connect with friends, track buses, view your D2L courses, get campus maps, and more!

Mav Life

CyberAwareLockIcon.png#BeCyberAware - Protect Yourself Online

  • Visit our CyberAware website for various cybersecurity resources, including security news and helpful tips on how to keep information and devices safe from cybercriminals.
  • Listen to our CyberAware Podcast to get the latest on cybersecurity from student hosts and special guests.
  • Cyberaware Website
  • CyberAware Podcast

ComputerStoreIcon.pngShop the Campus Computer Store

  • Browse laptops, tablets, and accessories, online or in-store.
  • Free software setup, advice from campus insiders, and convenient on-campus location.
  • Shop online & learn more

BusTrackerIcon.pngUse the Bus Tracking App

  • Did you know as a currently enrolled student you get to ride City of Mankato buses for free with your MavCARD? Use our Bus Tracker to get real-time route updates and see exactly where your bus is at.
  • Bus Tracker on the web
  • Bus Tracker in Mav Life

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  • Follow us online to get timely and relevant news, service alerts, and learn more on new features and tech upgrades relevant to you!
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