UMBC has several resources available to students, and the FAQ and myUMBC portal is a great way to access them all.
How do I create my account?
In order to take full advantage of the resources available at UMBC, you’ll need to create an account. If you haven’t already done so, find out how here.
How do I get online?
UMBC offers two wireless networks: UMBC Visitor and Eduroam. Eduroam is a global wifi network that provides encrypted network traffic and uses your UMBC login. UMBC Visitor is meant for people who don’t have a login to connect, and all traffic that goes through it is unencrypted. You can read more about here, and learn how to connect using these steps.
Living on campus? Use these steps for connecting to the internet in your dorm room.
What is myUMBC?
After getting online, one of the main areas you will go through is our campus web portal, myUMBC, that lets you follow other organizations on campus for news and updates and events. From here, you can access services like your UMBC Gmail account, Blackboard, and additional topics like billing and classes & grades. There is also a mobile app for both iOS and Android, and you can subscribe to different UMBC organizations for news and updates.
To stay up to date on the latest DoIT news, follow the DoIT myUMBC group.
What are some of the services UMBC offers?
As a student, here are some of the services and software you might be interested in:
- UMBC Gmail – For tips on how to keep your inbox managed, read about DoIT’s own Chief Information Officer, Jack Suess, and how he manages Gmail. DoIT also has extensive FAQs on Gmail as well found here
- Blackboard – see all your courses as well as check your grades. If you don’t see your course in blackboard, you can check out the Blackboard FAQ here.
- Google Drive – central hub for all your Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets. You can use Docs, Slides, and Sheets to collaborate with anyone by easily sharing the file with anyone. More info.
- Microsoft Office 365 – available to all students, faculty and staff which includes both the web apps and downloaded programs. You’ll get 1 Terabyte of storage with Onedrive with Microsoft Office. More info.
- Box is another online storage service where you can keep all your files. Box also has a collaboration feature similar to Google Docs. More info.
- MATLAB: Computing tool that handles a range of tasks in engineering and science.
- Pharos Mobile Printing: Upload files for print from your own device and print at the Library or Engineering building. More info.
- Time Donut Tool: Visualize what takes up your time and break it down by academic, health, work, and personal. More info.
- Desktone: Need a program that’s only available on our lab computers? You can access a virtual lab computer from any device. More info.
For a full list of software that is available to download, visit the Software page on our FAQs
What if I have questions?
DoIT has an extensive collection of FAQs in case you ever need help troubleshooting something yourself. You can even suggest corrections to any FAQ you see.