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How to activate your career account:

Faculty, staff, and students receive a base Purdue Career Account that allows access to specific services at Purdue. This includes full and part-time faculty and staff, as well as regional campus faculty and staff.

To learn more, visit ITaP's Career Account services page

How to set up BoilerKey

BoilerKey, Purdue’s version of two-factor authentication, is required to access many applications. 

To set up BoilerKey, visit and click on initial setup. 

This video is helpful for getting started: 

Email information

ITaP offers a number of University-wide email services to individuals who are affiliated with Purdue University.

Downloading free Microsoft Office 365

Purdue has licensed Office 365 from Microsoft to make it available for free on an individual basis to students, faculty and staff, including for use on their personally owned machines.

To install Office 365 on your computer, visit the Purdue Office 365 portal. Sign in with your Purdue email address and password. Then click the Install button on the top right of the page.

You can install Office 365 on up to five devices.

How do I connect to WiFi?

Purdue Airlink, known as PAL 3.0, can be found in all academic buildings on the Purdue campus. 

Students, faculty and staff can connect to PAL by choosing PAL 3.0 under available Wi-Fi networks on their device and logging in with their Purdue username and password.

To learn more, visit ITaP's WiFi services page

What kind of computer do I need to bring to Purdue?

Incoming students should check with their academic department or advisor to see if their program has specific computing requirements.

In general, any recently purchased laptop or desktop computer will work for Purdue's networking and software requirements. Some software packages required for a specific major may only be available (or work better) on a specific operating system (i.e Mac vs PC). 

Hardware discounts are available for all Purdue students and staff, including discounts for Apple, Dell and Microsoft Surface machines. To learn more, see our Technology Discounts for Students and Staff page.

Where are computer labs?

Instructional labs provide students and instructors at Purdue's West Lafayette campus with facilities designed to promote teaching and learning through the use of desktop computer systems. 

How do I print?

For printing in computer labs and other ITaP printing locations, see the information available here

For faculty and staff who need to connect to a local printer, contact your local IT department. 

How to connect to VPN (virtual private network)

Faculty, staff and students working away from campus can securely access campus resources using a virtual private network. To learn how, visit ITaP's VPN services page.

For additional information, visit ITaP's working remotely services page

I have technology questions. Where can I get help?

If you are having trouble connecting to a network or service, contact the ITaP customer service center by calling (765)494-4000. 

If you would like to request a service, or have a question that is not time sensitive, please email the customer service center at

To contact your local academic IT department, see the list here.