Welcome New Students


Being able to use information technology at Clark is essential for you to:

  • Register for classes and check grades online;
  • Use your Clark email account to communicate with faculty and other students;
  • Save your papers and presentations in network-based file storage;
  • Access web-based course material;
  • Buy or prepare a computer for arrival on campus (educational discounts);
  • Read electronic reserves hosted by the Goddard Library.

Clark Account and Email

All Clark students get a Clark Account, which grants access to network resources and an email account.

Bringing a Computer to Campus

Clark recommends that students have their own Windows computer to support their academic work. But what kind—old or new? Can I get a discount? How much RAM do I need? What about software and antivirus?

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 as soon as possible.

Computing Facilities

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.

Printing on Campus

Students bringing their own computers to campus should consider bringing a personal printer for their own use. Black and white network printing services are available in campus computer labs, but are not currently available in the residential halls.

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.