Technology Information for New and Prospective Students
- Information Packet for New Student Orientation - PDF
Includes memo from Catawba College IT Department that answers new students most pressing questions about getting connected to and using Catawba College technology. Includes how-to guides for connecting to Catawba wi-fi from the latest Windows and Mac devices.
- Information About Student Personal Computers - PDF
Includes information about hardware/software/printing requirements and recommendations, as well as information about technology purchasing discounts for Catawba College students, and network access. Catawba College supports secure wired and wireless network access for Windows and Apple computers.
- Information About Student Print/Copy/Scan - PDF
Students have access to Canon Multi-function Devices for black and white or color printing, copying, and scanning. These devices are installed in all campus computer labs, the library, and many other locations on campus. Students receive a $45 print/copy quota per semester. Students can print from campus-owned computers or from their personal computer or smartphone. Wireless personal printers are not supported on campus. Students with personal printers should connect to them via USB cable and turn off any broadcast network name.
- Install Microsoft Office - Free to Catawba Students and Employees
The Microsoft Office Professional software suite (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more) is available to all Catawba College students and employees AT NO COST. Students and employees can install Office on up to 5 different devices, including PC, Mac, and most smartphones and tablets. Use the links below to learn how to install Office on your devices:
- Download Microsoft Security Essentials
Catawba College requires current virus-protection technology on all Windows computers that connect to the network. Anyone without virus-protection should consider Microsoft Security Esssentials, a reliable and free option.
- Network Access for Students: CatNetConnect
Once you are student and have been assigned a Catawba username and password, visit the link above for instructions on setting up your Windows or Apple computer to connect to the secure catuskynet2 wireless network or the wired network. Gaming consoles may also be registered to work on the wired network. Secure wired and wireless are available in most campus buildings, including the residence halls. Note that student-owned printers must be connected to student computing devices via USB cable. Wireless printers are not supported on the campus network.
- Network Access for Campus Guests - PDF
Follow these instructions to connect to the low-security unencrypted guest wireless network, CatawbaGuest, which requires no special set up. It does require a valid Catawba username and password. Although catuskynet2 is recommended, commuting students may elect to use CatawbaGuest. Resident students and employees must use catuskynet2.
- Smartphones and Tablets
Use the links below to learn how to connect your mobile devices to the Catawba wireless network and to Microsoft Office 365 (aka WebMail; includes email, contacts, calendar, tasks, chat and web conferencing via Lync, 1 terabyte of cloud-based file storage via OneDrive for Business)
- Fees and Charges - PDF
There is no charge for internet service. Network cables and a virus/spyware removal service are available for purchase. Other than for resolving network connectivity issues, the Information Technology department does not work on student computers, but can recommend local computer service companies that offer a Catawba College discount.
- Cable TV Channels & Set-Up
Make sure the TV you bring to campus has an internal QAM tuner.
IT has a YouTube channel of helpful videos for faculty, staff and students:
Phone: (704) 637-4666
IT Service Requests: helpdesk.catawba.edu (Catawba username & password required)
Office Location & Hours
Our offices are located on the first floor of Hoke Hall. The public entrance is on the North Park Drive side of the building. Our hours of operation are:
- MONDAYS & THURSDAYS: 7:45am-6:30pm
- TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, & FRIDAYS: 7:45am-5:00pm
- SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: Closed