A step by step guide for students both new and returning so they know how to interact with technology at Arcadia.
1. Activate Your Account
Enroll yourself in PortalGuard. To make sure this is a quick and productive effort, be prepared with the following information:
- An alternate email account (for example, a personal Gmail or other non-Arcadia email accounts)
- Your cell phone number
To learn more about PortalGuard and your account, visit our Portalguard webpage.
2. Sign in to University Email
Arcadia University provides all current students with an arcadia.edu email. Your University email account is the official means of communication from your faculty and other important student service areas like Registrar, Financial Aid, etc. To access your email, simply go to gmail.arcadia.edu and log in using your username and password set up in step 1. Arcadia gives students access to several applications as part of the Google Suite.
3. Sign in to Canvas and Zoom
Canvas is the University’s learning management system. New students are encouraged to accept the Canvas user agreement before the start of the semester. This will give you an opportunity to receive any pre-semester messages your professor might send to you via Canvas, set up your profile, and explore the tool. Zoom is the meeting tool that allows you to participate in lectures remotely. Sign in to Zoom ahead of your class to make sure you don’t experience any difficulties during class time.
4. Connect to the University WiFi network
Connect to the secured WiFi network EDURoam. Connect to EDURoam by selecting it from the WiFi network options on your devices and entering your full University email address and password. You can also connect to EDURoam at partner institutions around the world.
5. Register for Self-Service
6. Register Your WiFi Device
AU-Splash is our campus Wi-Fi used to connect smart devices, such as gaming consoles, smart TVs, smart homes (Alexa, Google home etc.), and media devices (Firestick, Roku etc.).
- For instructions on how to connect your smart devices to AU-Splash, please visit our How to Connect Smart Devices and Consoles to the Arcadia Network page.
7. Learn how to Stay Safe Online
Whether you’re learning in a traditional classroom or from a remote location, it is important to take a few simple steps to protect yourself. These information security steps will help you get started in protecting your accounts and devices. For more information, please visit our Student Online Security page.
For more information on resources for students including vendors that may provide help with connectivity at home, please visit our Student Resource page.