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IT Division - Quick Start Guide for Students

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Getting Started

Your WKU technology accounts provide access to a wide range of University computing resources. All IT account information is located at

Once you have been admitted to WKU, your NetID will be created. Your NetID and password will be your universal login to myWKU (Portal), TopNet, Blackboard, MyStuff, computer labs, WKU wireless and other IT services. You may look up your NetID and set your password at It is very important you keep your login information secure.

myWKU (Portal)

myWKU provides "one stop" access to many applications like TopNet, TopperMail, Blackboard, IT Helpdesk and information channels for events, grades, course schedules, Finanacial Aid and Billings, and more. You may customize myWKU content and also access external applications such as RSS feeds. Login to myWKU at


TopNet is a web-based, secure gateway to a large amount of your personal, academic and financial information. You may register for classes, view transcripts, grades, financial aid, tuition, fees and update emergency contact information. You may access TopNet through myWKU or

Email / TopperMail

New students are issued a WKU email account called TopperMail which is accessible 24-48 hours after initial class registration. Students receive official Administrative and Academic communications via TopperMail. It is very important that you check your TopperMail account regularly! You can access your TopperMail account through myWKU or Visit to learn more about TopperMail.


Blackboard is a system many WKU professors use to offer course materials, class discussions, multimedia files, tests, quizzes, etc. You may take some classes entirely online, as well as face-to-face courses using Blackboard. Blackboard is accessible through myWKU or


Every enrolled WKU student has individual file storage space allocated for academic use. You can access your file space using a web browser anytime, anywhere through myWKU or

IT Policies and Safe Computing

Everyone at WKU is required to practice safe computing ( and to read, understand, and abide by IT Policies ( Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or place you or others in our community at risk.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 8/18/15