Getting Started at HWS

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Welcome to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Below you will find information to help you with getting connected to HWS resources, about some of our most used tools, and other information that might be helpful during your first few days at HWS.

Your HWS username and password credentials will provide access to HWS e-mail, Canvas Learning Management System, Library Catalogs, PeopleSoft, Personal Network File Storage, Secure Remote Access (VPN), Wireless Network, and many more services.

Account and Network Access

Account set-up and password reset

Connect to the wireless network using HWS-Private

Connect entertainment devices (game consoles, smart devices, virtual assistants, etc.) to the network

Information on e-mail distribution lists and listservs

Mailing and Printing

Pick-up mail and packages at our full service post office

Print to a MFD using a public desktop computer or from a personal computer using

For posters and large amounts of printing, order from our professional print shop

Teaching and Learning

Class project help and individualized software instruction is provided through web based video tutorials or by requesting one-on-one support

Canvas (the learning management system) resources for faculty and students

Individualized instructional technology and design support is offered by the Digital Learning Team

PeopleSoft (Campus Solutions, Human Resources, Financials) is a central location for various types of information, including class schedules, student and enrollment information, advising status, grades, transcripts, etc.


Microsoft Office is provided to students free of charge; learn how to download it onto your computer

File storage options include network space and cloud storage

Video meeting/chat options include Zoom and Microsoft Teams


Faculty and staff are provided equipment and support

Guidelines for bringing a computer to campus for incoming students

Equipment Loan service is offered for students, faculty, and staff

Public desktop computers are provided for teaching, learning, and working in classrooms, computer labs, and the library


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.