New Student Computing Guide

If you are a Rutgers student, please click here.

To get started using the NJIT accounts and services, please follow the steps below:

1.  Create Your UCID

Click here to create all your accounts. This includes your UCID, Academic Windows account, AFS account, and Webmail by Google e-mail. If at any point you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the IST Service Desk for assistance.

2.  NJIT Email address

After self-creating your UCID, log into Webmail by Google and check your mail (use your UCID login and password).

3. Familiarize yourself with Highlander Pipeline

Log into Highlander Pipeline at with your UCID and UCID password. Highlander Pipeline gives you the ability to instantly view your class schedule, add/drop courses, view important announcements, and much more. For more information, visit the Pipeline support page.

4.  Update your Campus Directory Listing

The NJIT Campus Directory is the phonebook for the university. It allows you to search for a person's contact information. You will be able to find the person's e-mail address, phone number, location, and homepage. To update your directory information, visit the Campus Directory page and follow these instructions. It is your responsibility to make sure your personal entry contains your correct contact information.

5.  Check your personal computer against the NJIT Computer Requirements 

NJIT provides baseline specifications on computers for incoming students. If your existing computer does not satisfy these requirements, you are expected to upgrade your machine (if practical) or purchase a new one that meets the specifications. NJIT has a partnership with Dell and Lenovo to provide computers that meet the specifications at a discount. For more information, please refer to the Computer Requirement FAQ or contact the IST Service Desk

6.  Keep your personal computer up-to-date

  • The NJIT Virus Protection Center provides resources to help disinfect your computer if it contains a virus. The programs provided can also help protect your computer from further attacks.
  • The IST Software Download page lists all the software products available to students here at NJIT.

7.   Public Computing Labs

Familiarize yourself with the public computing labs, their locations, hours of operation, and available software.

8.   Information Services & Technology website

  • IST maintains a knowledge base of FAQs related to computing resources at NJIT. If you have a question, please check there first to see if it has already been answered.
  • The IST Service Desk provides support to members of the NJIT community. They should be the first place you contact for help if you cannot find answers on our website.

9 NJIT from home

  • Through VPN technology, NJIT is able to provide safe and secure access to its computer network from virtually any location around the world. While connected to NJIT through VPN, the same resources available when physically connected to NJIT's computer network become available. For students, this is generally used for software downloads.

10.  Virtual Classroom

  • The Virtual Classroom tools allow you take courses in an online format, meaning through the Internet. Even if you are not taking an eLearning course, many faculty members may use one of these tools in traditional "face-to-face" courses to complement classroom activities. Some of these tools include Moodle, the university's Learning Management System.

11.  Additional resources for students

You should now be on your way to computing at NJIT. If you need assistance at any point, please do not hesitate to contact the IST Service Desk.

Last Updated: June 26, 2018