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Top Questions: Orientation & Enrollment

The influx of students coming in for Orientation and Enrollment brought a lot of IT questions that needed answers. Here are some of the top inquiries from students.

What is the difference between an eID and WID?

This common question seems to confuse a lot of students.

  • eID — Electronic identification. It’s your K-State user name and also the first part of your K-State email address. For example, if Willie’s email address was williewildcat@k-state.edu, then his eID is williewildcat.
  • WID  — Wildcat IDentification number. K-Staters will find this number in the top left corner of their ID card. It’s a nine-digit number that starts with an “8”.

What software is available to me when I come to K-State?

The following software is available for download by all K-Staters:

  • K-State antivirus (Trend Micro).
    Note: Required for Housing and Dining Services network access.
  • RefWorks — Research management, writing, and collaboration tool.
  • Read & Write — Productivity tool for reading, writing, studying, and research.
  • Microsoft Office — Desktop and mobile app versions of Microsoft Office that can be installed on up to five devices.

Check out the software page for more information, including software you can purchase.

How do I apply for a job in IT?

If you’re looking for an on-campus job that will be challenging but rewarding, then working in IT at K-State might be the perfect fit. The application process is straightforward. All you need to do is stop by the IT Help Desk, located in 214 Hale Library, and ask for a job application. There are a range of positions you can apply for, including working for the IT Help Desk, Network Operations Center, Client Services, and the Media Development Center. Come see us at the IT Help Desk if you are interested, and if you need any more information check out the IT Help Desk webpage.

Would it be possible to purchase a laptop or Surface tablet to use for all my classes?

Yes, this is possible because there is a computer store located in the K-State Student Union that has a diverse selection of devices. Whether you are a Macbook person, or you want to try out Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3, the K-State Student Union Computer Store offers these products at an educational discount. This is the only computer store on the Manhattan campus located in the Northeast corner of the first floor, across from the Little Theatre and Caribou Coffee.

If you need to purchase a new computer, here are K-State’s technology buying recommendations.

What is the goal of Wildcat Warm-up and what time do I need to check-in?

Wildcat Warm-up is a chance for incoming freshman to join other new K-State students to build friendships and learn what it really means to be a Wildcat. Wildcat Warm-up is an exclusive opportunity for new freshmen to get a headstart on leadership, student involvement, academic success, and K-State services, history, and traditions. Check in for Wildcat Warm-up begins at 3:30 p.m. on the Friday you signed up for, and lasts throughout the weekend.

For more information on Wildcat Warm-up, visit the website.