New Student Computing and Support Information
Computing Accounts, Email Activation, Support Guides and More.

Computer Requirements

A laptop computer less than three years old that meets the minimum hardware configuration (i.e., CPU, RAM, Hard drive, and Wireless network) published here is required. To ensure complete compatibility with the wireless network and print services at the GSM, a name brand (i.e., Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft) is recommended. Educational discounts are available through the UC Davis Bookstore Techhub shop.

You must have access to the latest version of Microsoft Windows and the latest version of Microsoft Office for Windows.

Apple/Mac owners must use the latest version of Mac OSx. Apple/Mac owners must also use Bootcamp, Parallels, or VMWare Fusion with the latest version of Windows and the latest version of Microsoft Office for Windows.

Antivirus software is required when using the campus network. Microsoft’s Security Essentials (MSE) and Sophos for Mac are no cost Anti-Virus software.

Activating Your UC Davis Account & E-mail

You activate your UC Davis computing account via the UC Davis website ( to obtain a Kerberos log in/password and Mail ID. You need these three items and your Personal Access Code (PAC) to access online services provided by UC Davis (e.g., registration, career services tools, etc.).

As a UC Davis GSM student, you have access to the following services:

  • Wireless network accessible anywhere in the GSM building.
  • Personal UC Davis email account.
  • Dedicated printers in the building.


The UC Davis Student Computing Guide ( and Help & Training ( provide computing support information. Campus IET Help Desk technicians are available at (530) 754-HELP (754-4357) Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm. You can also e-mail them anytime at

Additionally, the GSM has IT specialists who support the MBA and MPAc students as well as the Part-Time MBA students, staff and faculty. They can be reached at (530) 752-4660 Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can also e-mail them anytime at