IUPUI @ Technology
Technology is a big part of connecting to IUPUI and completing your degree.
After your admission, one of the first things you should do is set up your IUPUI Technology Account. (You'll need your 10-digit university ID number, found on your IUPUI admissions letter.)
You will use your username and passphrase to access your computing accounts. This same username and passphrase allows you access to the many systems you will use as a student. If you need help with technology at IUPUI, contact University Information Technology Services, or UITS.
iStart is an online portal for international students and scholars. You have been using iStart to apply to IUPUI and will continue to use iStart to request most services you need from the Office of International Affairs.
One.iu.edu is a place to connect to many different services at IUPUI. It is your main dashboard to access things like your schedule of classes, bursar bill, update your address, connect to your email, and much more.
At IUPUI, email is considered your official communication source. You are responsible for all information contained in your university emails – we suggest you read them daily. You can also forward your university email to your preferred account. Learn how here »
Technology Discounts for IUPUI Students
As an IUPUI student, you are eligible for many discounts through the JagPerks program, including discounts on laptops and cell phones.Explore JagPerk Discounts
Additionally, you may download many software programs such as the Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 365 through IUWare. Windows 10 is available at a deep discount.Find Free and Discounted Software
Cellular Phones in the United States
Cellular phone companies (also called mobile phone companies or wireless providers) allow two payment models for service: postpaid service and prepaid service. You will need to decide which option is right for you.
How should I choose a provider?
You will want to choose a wireless service that provides competitive rates for calling your home country. Many students use their cell phone as their main means of communication. Low international rates will enable you to keep in touch with people at home without paying high fees.
If you are a married student or are moving to Indianapolis with additional family members, choosing a company that offers additional lines at competitive fees can keep your monthly costs lower. Also, look at the wireless providers offering free mobile-to-mobile minutes. This enables you to call the other family members on your plan without using your minutes.
All major cell phone providers in the United States offer prepaid wireless plans. When you buy prepaid wireless service, a provider makes an agreed-upon number of minutes available to your cell phone. You pay for those minutes at the time of agreement.
After you have used the minutes you purchased, you need to buy more minutes to be able to keep using your phone. This option does not typically require a credit check or a deposit.
Postpaid wireless service is the traditional arrangement. You sign a contract agreeing to pay a certain amount each month for the agreed-upon service. The provider delivers the service to you continuously and bills you each month.
Large deposits are usually required, especially for people without Social Security numbers. This deposit is normally refunded at some point, although this varies by phone service provider.