New Student Services
Kansas State University
122 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506


785-532-6108 fax

Computing and Networking

K-State eID and password

Students must have an electronic identifier (eID) to access K-State e-mail, personal web pages, iSIS, K-State Online, dial-in services, and other web-based systems provided by the university. This eID is also a personal e-mail address to which all e-mail from K-State will be sent.

Students can select their eID and set their password at It is important for students to keep their password private. K-State will never ask for your password in an e-mail. These messages are phishing scams and should be deleted. K-State policy prohibits using someone else's eID or sharing passwords. Students are required to change their password twice a year, at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Buying a computer

K-State encourages new students to bring a computer to college. A complete guide to buying a computer can be found online. There you will find general hardware and software requirements, as well as information about specific departmental requirements. The K-State Union computer store has special discounts for students to meet their hardware and software needs.

Connecting to K-State

K-State offers several ways for students to connect to the K-State network:

  • Students living in the residence halls have wired and wireless Internet access from Housing and Dining Services. It is a fast, direct link to the campus network and Internet.
  • Students living off campus can access the Internet through dial-in service available with a monthly service fee through a local Internet service provider.
  • K-State's wireless computer network allows laptops and other mobile-computing devices to link to the Internet while on campus in areas where wireless is available.

Protecting your computer

Computers connected to the K-State network must be properly secured to protect personal data and university information. Using updated operating systems and antivirus software is essential. K-State offers free antivirus software. If you are using antivirus software from a different vendor, you must remove it before installing the K-State antivirus software.

Residence hall students are required to have the following before connecting their computers to the Internet. This includes gaming devices:

  • A valid, licensed operating system supported by K-State
  • Installation of all current security patches for Windows or Mac operating systems
  • K-State antivirus software installed with the latest updates.

Additional IT resources

The IT help desk is located in 214 Hale Library. The help desk will assist you with all computing needs including password changes, installing software, and more. Contact information for the IT help desk: 785-532-7722,

Additional information about computing and networking