Onboarding Guide

Account setup

As a new College of Science employee, you will be contacted by your IT representative with instructions and a temporary password to be used for setting up your Purdue career account. This will occur after your Business Office has submitted your employment paperwork to HR. The account setup page that you will proceed through can be found here: www.purdue.edu/apps/account/AccountSetup

Further documentation about the account setup process, a full walk-through, and common troubleshooting suggestions are available from ITaP:


Purdue currently has two email environments, Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. During the account setup process you will be given the option to create an account on the system appropriate to your role with the University.

  • If you are faculty or staff: Your email will be housed on the Exchange system. You can access this system at exchange.purdue.edu by logging in with your Purdue username and password.
  • If you are a student: Your email will be housed on the Office 365 system. You can access this system at portal.office.com and you will login with your full Purdue email address and password.
  • Device configuration instructions for various mobile operating systems can be found here: www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/185075

Wireless internet

Purdue has several broadcast wireless networks: PAL3.0, eduroam, and attwifi.

  • PAL3.0 is the most common network found on campus. You can connect to it with your Purdue username and password. Further device specific information, settings, and troubleshooting steps can be found here: www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/168519
    • If you are having any issues connecting to the PAL3.0 network, there is a connection wizard called 'XpressConnect'. Instructions for gaining limited network access and access to this wizard are available here: www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/168025
  • Eduroam is a network broadcast at many research and education institutions, including Purdue. It allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to easily obtain internet access across campus and when visiting other participating institutions. You can connect to it using your full Purdue email address and password. Further information and device specific instructions are available here: www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/308500
  • Attwifi is a free network broadcast on campus for temporary guests. You can connect to it without any username or password. After connecting you must open a web browser and accept the terms of use before you will have full internet access. This network is not secured.


Instructions for connecting to the printers in the College of Science can be found here at www.science.purdue.edu/scienceit/Printing.html

Printers in the College of Science follow a standard naming convention. The names begin with the four-letter abbreviation for the building where the printer is located, followed by the room number, and the abbreviation 'bw', 'co', or 'mfp'. A black and white printer is indicated by 'bw', 'co' indicates a color printer, and 'mfp' indicates a multi-function printer that has scanning or fax capabilities. For example, 'phys275mfp' is located in room 275 of the Physics building, and is a multi-function printer.


A VPN allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. By using Purdue’s VPN, you can access Purdue services while not physically on campus. You can get started using Purdue’s VPN by visiting webvpn.purdue.edu, and logging in with your Purdue username and password. This page will launch a wizard that will install and configure our VPN client.

Additional documentation and troubleshooting steps can be found at www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/168527

General Information and Policies

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