Welcome New Students


Being able to use information technology at Clark is essential. Below is information about the most common aspects of using technology at Clark that students ask. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ITS Help Desk (508-793-7745 / helpdesk@clarku.edu).

Clark Account and Email

All Clark students get a Clark Account, which grants access to network resources and a Clark email address/mailbox.

Owning a Computer and Computer Facilities

Clark recommends that students have their own computer to support academic work. A specific kind of computer is not mandated, but we do make recommendations about the hardware and software that will be likely to suit your needs as well as software "deals" including a license for Microsoft Office and antivirus software available for free while you are a student.

If you don't have your own computer, don't worry. Owning a computer is not required to be successful in your academic studies at Clark. Students without their own computers often use the computing labs on campus.

Computer Security

If you bring a computer to campus, keep a separate record of its serial number and/or service tag. You should also be sure to bring a security cable–available at most office–supply stores. Also, consider engraving your name and phone number onto any computer equipment you bring to campus.


You should also bring along any associated documentation, such as warranty information, operating system disks, restore disks, software and corresponding licensing information that came with your computer. Some manufacturers require you to run a back-up utility to create restore or recovery CD/DVDs. We strongly suggest you create these and bring them to campus with you.

Printing on Campus

Students bringing their own computers to campus may want to consider bringing a personal printer for their own use. Network printing services are available in campus computer labs, Goddard Library and the University Center, but are not currently available in the residential halls. Students have a printing allowance allocated each semester and may purchase additional printing credit if they wish to.

The Clark Network - Wired and Wireless

All residence hall rooms at Clark have an active network jack and wireless coverage for students to connect to ClarkNet (the campus network) and the Internet; Ethernet cables are highly recommended for the fastest connection speeds. NOTE: Clark is currently in the midst of a wireless network upgrade project, check the link below to see if the residence hall or locations you care most about on campus have been completed yet.