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Communications and Accounts


What is OIT?

How do I obtain an OIT account?

  • You should receive a NetID and password when you are officially accepted into the Graduate school. Use the NetID to activate your OIT account at the following link: You can change your password after the initial setup.
  • When you establish your OIT account you will receive a UMass e-mail account

What if I did not receive a NetID and password?

  • Contact the OIT office in LGRC A113, (413) 545-9400. You will need to go down the office to set up an account.
  • Your NetID and password are used to access several of the services provided by OIT

What services are provided by OIT?

  • Wireless web access on campus
  • UMail–UMass e-mail interface
    • Send, receive, and manage your UMass e-mail account
    • Storage limit 30 MB. You can request more space from OIT if necessary.
    • UMail attachment size limit is 5 MB
    • You can forward your e-mail to any e-mail account
    • Access UMail using supported e-mail servers such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Netscape, Outlook, Apple, and Entourage
    • You can search for e-mail addresses of UMass students and faculty using the address book UMass directory search
  • UDrive
  • SPIRE–Personal student center
    • Search and register for classes
    • Course schedule
    • Access your academic record
    • Check your finances (Bursar account, Financial Aid, etc.)
    • Change/edit your personal contact information
    • Web server learning interface that uses the Blackboard Learning system software
    • Several professors use this website to post course information such as the syllabus, lecture material, grades, etc.

Page updated: September 10, 2008