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New and returning Bobcats: Make sure you follow these steps to activate your OHIO online services before you arrive for the academic year.


Bringing a personal computer or portable device to campus? After you connect to our wireless, follow these steps to make sure you stay connected. Need help connecting to the wireless or configuring your personal device? Check out our Self Help Guides.

1. Follow OIT

➢  Twitter (Athens): @OhioIT
➢  Help Desk (Ohio University Chillicothe): 740.774.7212

➢  Help Desk (Athens): 740.593.1222


2. Free Microsoft Office

As a Bobcat, you are eligible to install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for free on up to 5 devices. Versions are available for mobile devices, too!

➢  Install your free copy of Office 365 ProPlus

➢  Office 365 Pro Plus (Student Version)

➢  Installation Guide (.PDF)

Already have a working copy of Office? No problem. You are not required to use our version of Office.

3. Free Sophos Anti-Virus

Make sure your computer is protected against viruses and malware! OHIO's version of Sophos Anti-Virus works better than most home anti-virus programs.

➢  Uninstall your current anti-virus software
➢  Download and install our free copy of Sophos Anti-Virus on ALL of

your computers

➢  Sophos Antivirus (Student Version)

➢  Installation Guide (.PDF)


4. Test your Catmail account

Have a friend or family member send an email to your email address.

➢  Log in to and confirm that the message arrived ok
➢  If the message did not arrive, make sure you're not forwarding your mail:

➢  Log in to:
➢  Click View or Change Profile
➢  Clear the contents of the Email Forwarding Address box
➢  Click Ok

Delete Forwarding Email Address

5. Activate your free Box and OneDrive file storage

OHIO's free Box storage is a great way to store files online, share those files and collaborate with other OHIO students and instructors.

➢  Log in to:
➢  Upload a file to make sure everything is working
➢  Install the mobile app

➢  Box for iOS
➢  Box for Android


OHIO also offers free access to Microsoft's OneDrive for Business. OneDrive integrates nicely with Microsoft Office, but it has a smaller maximum file size than Box and does not have as many collaboration features.

6. Get set up to print on campus

Want to print in Quinn Library or the Learning Commons? In the near future, we will be migrating campus printing to Pharos and will notify all students and community partons when this change will take place. Until them, pay to print services are available in the Learning Commons and Quinn Library. After the change is made, make sure you add some Bobcat Cash to your ID card to cover printing costs.

➢  How to add Bobcat Cash to your ID card

7. Disable illegal music sharing software

Illegal downloading or sharing of copyrighted files is not allowed on our network. Please disable any illegal file sharing software before you connect to the OHIO wireless or wired network.


You are welcome to use legal services like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, etc. on our network using your personal laptop or portable device. Just avoid installing the software on university computers and illegal peer-to-peer sharing.




The main telephone number is 740.774.7212 or 740.774.6079.  Our walk-up counter is located in the Stevenson Center just inside the main entrance. The Help Desk  is open and staffed to assist with computer issues and training. The Athens OIT Helpdesk can be reached by by calling 740.593.1222, or their web page can be found (here).




Monday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays/Sundays/University Holidays*



Monday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays/Sundays/University Holidays*


Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays/Sundays/University Holidays*




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➢  Wireless Network Guides - Connecting To Ohio University WiFi

➢  Wireless Access Overview (.PDF)

➢  Guest Access (.PDF)

➢  Windows Computers (.PDF)

➢  Macintosh Computers (.PDF)

➢  ChromeBook Computers (.PDF)

➢  Linux Computers (.PDF)

➢  Mobile Devices (.PDF)


➢  Catmail User Guides - Connecting To Ohio University

➢  Mobile Device Setup (.PDF)