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Computing and Technology

Luckily, you can enjoy 21st-century technology alongside Beloit’s ancient Indian mounds and historic 19th-century buildings. Here’s how to get plugged in on campus.

Get in the “tank”!

The Terrarium, that is. The Terrarium is a one-stop-shop website for Beloit College students, faculty, and staff, and it features weekly posts, campus news updates, and daily event listings. From the Terrarium, you can access your email and other personal and academic information, as well as buy, sell, or trade items with other Beloiters on the Campus Billboard (which is password protected). Visit to make the Terrarium your homepage.

Username and Password

 We highly recommend that you change your password immediately:

  1. Go to
  2. Follow the instructions to enroll in Beloit College’s password system.
  3. Follow the prompts and change your password.

You’ll use this username and new password not only for email, but also for registering computers on the college network, printing, and accessing the Portal and Moodle (which some professors use to create online communities for classes). In order to protect your private information, as well as the privacy of your classmates, it is crucial that you never share your password with anyone—including parents or friends.

If you are unable to access the password system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 608-363-HELP (4357) or email (*State in the subject line: "Password support").

Email and More

Beloit College uses G-Suite (Google Apps for Education) for email. G-Suite also includes a calendar tool and a document management system called “Drive” that has unlimited storage. If you have a personal Gmail account, you already know how this works.

To access your Beloit College email account, go to the Terrarium and link in through the “Email” button or go to or and enter your full email address as your username (

The Portal

The Portal is an online application that gives students access to personal academic information: things like class schedules, grades and grade point averages, and transcripts. You can check semester grades here and register for courses, as well as update personal information. Many forms referred to in this booklet are available via the Portal under the “New Students” tab.
Log in through the Terrarium

If you are unable to access the password system, please contact the IT Help Desk at 608-363-HELP (4357) or email (*State in the subject line: "Password support").

Coming to Beloit survey 

Once you know how to navigate to the Portal, we highly encourage you to complete a survey about what it’s like to come to college. By taking this short survey, you’ll be able to see how current and former students describe their experience coming to college, and then be able to share your own thoughts and feelings about becoming a Beloiter. Your thoughts will help give future students a better idea of what to expect, helping to improve their transition! The survey will be accessible on the Portal beginning July 1 and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Sexual assault awareness assignment

To help ensure students arrive on campus ready to start a safe and healthy college life, we require you to complete a sexual assault awareness tutorial online and then participate in a discussion during New Student Days. Part of this assignment is reviewing the Student Regulations and College Policies Handbook (check out the Alcohol Policy, Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies, and Harassment Policy). Log on to the Portal anytime on or after June 2 to complete the entire tutorial. Please complete this assignment by July 31.

Connecting to the network

On move-in day, your Resident Assistant or other Beloiters can show you how to register your computer, tablet, phone or other mobile device with the college network. College staff will be available to assist you in Mayer Hall, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students can connect to the network through a wired port or wireless connection. Each student has a wired port in her/his/their residence hall room; to connect this way, you’ll need an Ethernet cable, either 14’ long (most rooms) or 25’ (some special cases). You may obtain a cable from the Beloit Information Technology Services (BITS) department, which is located on the second floor of Mayer Hall.


Beloit College offers wireless network access in all academic, administrative, and residential buildings on campus. There is also significant outdoor wireless coverage accessible outside of Pearsons Hall and the residential quad. Click here for more information about our wireless network(BCNet).

Personal wireless routers are not allowed in campus buildings. Please refer to our Personal Wireless Router Policy  for more information.

What kind of computer should I bring?

All students can utilize Beloit’s many (free) computer labs. However, most students choose to bring their own desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. For information on campus-licensed software available for your personal computer, recommended technology hardware standards, technology discount opportunities, campus computer labs, and more, visit our Becoming a Beloiter Technology Guide.

Antivirus Software

All computers hooked up to Beloit’s network must have current antivirus software. Find more information by clicking here

Technology Policies

For rules and regulations of Beloit computing, and the services the Beloit Information Technology Service department (BITS) offers, click on the links below:


Other communication-related things to know:

Use of preferred name on campus

To encourage a more open and welcoming campus community environment, we have a policy whereby any community member has the option to use a “preferred” first and/or middle name on campus wherever possible. If you would like you submit a request to use a preferred name on campus, click here to review the policy and to complete the Preferred Name Change request form (link at the bottom of the page). This form is also accessible via the Portal.

To ensure that your preferred name appears in a timely manner on class rosters, in Moodle, and throughout the Portal, we encourage you to submit your request no later than August 1.


All students are encouraged to have a cell phone. This is a main line of communication not only for our emergency alert system, but also for communication between students, as well as between students and faculty/staff.

Most students use cell phones for local and long-distance calls, but a landline connection can be provided in most rooms (except in Emerson Hall Apartments). Local and campus calls are free. 

Emergency alert system

The college has a campus alert system that is used to share pressing college news and to contact students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency. The system simultaneously distributes messages via voice (phone), text message, and email. It is tested each semester.

Emergency contact information

Log in to the Portal to give us this info. We’re required to have it on file.

Publicity opt out form

You’re going to have some great accomplishments in college, and at times, we may want to share them publicly. For example, you may deliver our class’s Commencement address, have the lead in a play, or break a college athletic record in your sport. If you don’t want us to share accomplishments like these publicly or to identify you if your photograph is taken by the college, you may opt out by completing this form