Computing resources available at NNU

Classroom Technology
Technology resources in most classrooms include teaching workstations, SmartBoards, data projectors, and wireless access points. Some classrooms are set up as teaching labs, with desktop computers located at each desk.

Network Resources
Wireless network access is available in most campus buildings and even outside of most campus buildings. All NNU student housing units have access to the NNU high-speed wireless (wifi) network.

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A wired port could be needed to hook up a gaming console, a computer that does not have a good wifi connection, and other devices that cannot authenticate on the wireless network. To obtain an activated port, submit a ticket on and include your room location, the number that is listed on the port in your room, and what reason you have for needing a port. If this is for a gaming console, you will need to include the MAC address for the device in your help request.

Personal routers are against the network policy and a port that is detected to be supporting a personal router will be immediately turned off. This is to protect the integrity and functionality of the NNU network. For further information on network resources, you may contact the IT Services help desk, 208-467-8111.

Computer Labs
NNU has computer labs in most dorms and six general access or departmental computer labs on campus, providing students with access to network resources in all major campus areas. Lab computers have high-end HP LaserJet printers, CD or DVD-ROM drives, and many have DVD burners.

Additional computer equipment available in some of the computer labs include scanners, color laserjet printers, and a video capture workstation complete with a DVD-burner.

Have a short break between classes and need to check your email? Not a problem! There are kiosk computer stations available for short-term use in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons, Johnson Sports Center, the Fine Arts Building, the Helstrom Business Center, the Science Building, the Student Center, the Wiley Learning Center, and in various other locations across campus.

Software Availability
The IT Department delivers over 100 useful software applications on all campus-owned computers, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher), as well as other desktop applications. There are many choices these days for being productive at NNU.

  1. Google Docs - with your NNU email account, you have access to all Google apps, accessible with the patterned block in the upper right hand corner of your email box. (The link looks like this )
  2. Libre and Open Office - both of these document editors are available to use for free. They are not affiliated with Microsoft or Google, but documents are interchangeable and readable with those Microsoft apps.
  3. Office 365 - A full suite of Microsoft software is offered for students. To sign up for this service, go to this web form and fill it in. We'll get you signed up for your Office 365 license and send a confirmation email as soon as possible. (You must be registered and enrolled at NNU as a degree-seeking student to be eligible for Office 365.)

Don't forget anti-virus software!
You are responsible for your anti-virus software on your personal machines, and we have the resources to help you! To make sure you are protected against computer viruses and mal-ware, NNU has licensed with Sophos to provide free protection for students and employees. If you login on the NNU portal at and click on the Student tab, go to "Downloads" to obtain Sophos for your own computer. If you encounter any issues while trying to install Sophos, the  IT Services office is available to help! Call 467-8111 or create a ticket on their system at

Software is also available for specific courses or departments as needed. For information on these applications, check with your instructor.

Printing Access
At NNU, students are credited $10 per semester for printing needs. You may print to network printers directly from NNU-managed computers in labs, or send a document to your print queue from your own computer or laptop via mobile print. Check out the help document for more information.