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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Student Tech Guide

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Log In to Just About Everything with Your StarID 

Your StarID serves as your login for essential services at Minnesota State Mankato such as E-services, MavMAIL, wireless Internet, D2L Brightspace, and more. Make sure you remember it and keep your password secure.
Change your password or want more information on StarID

IconWireless Internet Access

MavNET is Minnesota State Mankato's campus-wide wireless network. To log in, enter your StarID and password when prompted after selecting MavNET-Encrypted (the most secure network) on your computer or other wireless device.
Read more about setup instructions

IconInternet Access in the Residence Halls

Wired and wireless Internet access is available in every residence hall room, and wireless access is available in all public areas of the residence halls.
Find out how to connect to the residence hall network

Check Your Campus Email Often

Students will receive important information on classes, financial aid, direct deposit,  and other University notifications via their campus email, MavMAIL. You can access your MavMAIL through the web-based email client and use your StarID to log in.
Read more about MavMAIL
Log in to MavMAIL at 

Printing on Campus: MavPRINT

Students can print using virtually every device they have at more than 50 locations on campus. Once you queue up a document for print, just sign onto any MavPRINT release station and start printing. Each student is allocated $20.00 each semester (or about 400 black and white pages) for printing needs.
Find out more about MavPRINT and how to print from mobile devices

IT Solutions

Get the technology help you need when you need it. Ask a question or search for answers any time from any device.
Find the answer to your question now

Get Alerts


Emergency Text Message Alerts: Star Alert

Star Alert is our Emergency Notification System. It allows campus community members to receive text and email notifications in the event of campus-related emergencies.

A Star Alert message will briefly state the location and nature of the emergency and may include a specific action to take. Star Alert will also be used to notify you if campus is closed or if classes are delayed or canceled.

You will be prompted to sign up for this opt-in service after you sign in to E-services, or you can subscribe by changing your campus account manually at
Read more about Star Alert

Get Trained

Turn On. Log In. Get Smart:

Supercharge your learning with this online training resource that is free for students to use! With more than 2,300 videos with topics including Microsoft Office 2016, OneNote, D2L Brightspace and Lync, spending some time on Lynda is a great way to be productive in your downtime.
Learn more about

Get Protected

Icon Let Us Help You Protect YourselfInformation SecURity: U R at the Center

Minnesota State Mankato's Information Security Team recommends you protect your device by locking it when you are away, installing antivirus and anti-malware software, and using other best practices. System Center Endpoint Protection software can help protect your computer and is available at no cost to students.
Find software and learn about best practices

Let Us help You Protect Yourself!

Passwords: Longer is Stronger

Passphrases are short sentences or combinations of unrelated words that seem random to a computer but make sense to you. Use a combination of upper- and lower-case letters as well as numbers and symbols. Update your StarID from or links only.
Learn about better passwords and passphrases

Phishing: If You Suspect Deceit, Hit DELETE

Phishing emails use fear and demand tactics to obtain your personal information. If you susptect a phishing message, forward the email to Then, delete it!
Learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself

Software Updates: Keep Patching and Stay Secure

Most major software vendors send software updates to your computer automatically. Be wary of Internet browser pop-ups telling you to "Click Here" to update your computer!
Learn more about official software updates

Get Access

IconComputer Access for Students

The Academic Computer Center (ACC) offers computer access to students. More than 400 computers are available to use in the main lab located at 117 Wissink Hall, with another 450 computers across campus in specialized satellite labs. Machines are equipped with the latest hardware and software applications, and studnet helpers are available to assist you.
ACC locations, hours of operation, and available software

When you visit Memorial Library, you'll see computers on every floor. Some are restricted for searches, but others are available for your use on school projects or Internet research. 
Read more about resources at the Library

IconD2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is an online learning management system used at Minnesota State mankato. Whether a course is taken online or face-to-face, D2L Brightspace is used to deliver content and supplemental materials. D2L Brightspace also includes tools for discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and grades.
Find out more about how to use D2L Brightspace

IconCampus Computer Store

Visit the Computer Store in the lower level of the Centennial Student Union (CSU) for your technological needs. Plus, registered students receive educational discounts on desktops, laptops, accessories, and software.The store is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check out the Campus Computer Store

Get Software

IconFree Software for Students

In addition to Office 365 in the Cloud, enrolled students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus and a host of other software for free! It's fast, easy, and available on a variety of platforms.
Get started with free software for students

Office 365 Services for YOU!

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of Cloud-hosted tools that allow students to access a variety of software from any device as long as an Internet connection is available. Tehre are no installations or updates involved--just log in to the service with your StarID and password. Some of the benefits include:

  • 50 GB of email storage
  • Unlimited online file storage through OneDrive
  • Access to Yammer, Minnesota State Mankato's own social media network
  • Online, real-time collaboration and editing of Microsoft Office documents

Read more about the benefits Office 365 offers

Get Tech Help

IconThe IT Service Desk

Need help with Technology? Contact the IT Service Desk by email at, by phone at 507-389-6654, or stop by the Service Desk at Memorial Library 3010 (on the third floor).
Find technology help online 

IconComputer Help for Students Living on Campus

If you live in the residence ahlls and experience problems with your computer, Internet connection, or anything else related to technology, ResTech Services can help you out! To schedule an appointment, just call 507-389-6654 or send an email to
Read more about ResTech Services

IconHardware Repair

Need your device repaired? Certified technicians are available to complete warranty work on Apple, Dell, and HP computers purchased through the Campus Computer Store, and they offer service work at a minimal charge on student computers not covered under warranty.
Find out more about hardware repair services and fees

IconContact Us

Information and Technology Services
3010 Memorial Library (third floor)
Phone: 507-389-6654

IT Service Desk Academic Year Hours

Walk-In, Phone, and On-Site Campus Support
Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Phone Support Only
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

(Hours subject to change.)

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