Popular Services

Zoom is available to anyone with a valid Northwestern NetID, and its use is intended for the purpose of conducting University-related activities. To get an account and begin using it immediately, visit the Zoom login page, sign in with your NetID and password, and authenticate using Duo MFA. An account is provisioned automatically upon first login.


SharePoint is an online content and document management tool available for students, faculty, and staff to create web sites and manage file libraries.


NetID services take information from the HR or student system and create unified Northwestern credentials (NetIDs) that are then connected with information about each individual. NetIDs are then used as the primary way for people to interact with IT services. Other types of NetIDs can be created as well for specific people, organizations, or IT system purposes.


Northwestern University's agreement with Adobe offers the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite for use by eligible faculty and staff.


Northwestern University's agreement with Microsoft offers Microsoft Office software, core client access licenses, and operating system upgrades for University-owned computers


NUworkspace offers users a virtual Windows desktop service that provides access to a suite of many software applications to faculty, students, and staff, including access to software packages that may not be readily available on their desktop/laptop computers.


OneDrive offers secure, cloud-based storage that lets you seamlessly collaborate and access files from anywhere in the world, at any time.


University schools, departments, researchers, or any other member of the University can request a new dedicated virtual server for a variety of uses.


NUFinancials is the centerpiece of the University’s financial management systems. It supports the accounting and budgeting functions that feed the University’s general ledger, and works with related reporting, facilities management, purchasing, sponsored research, financial forecasting, and annual budgeting systems.


Email and calendaring services provide standard individual e-mail, calendaring, and contact management services.


iBuyNU is a web-based ordering tool integrated into NUFinancials. It provides departments and schools with a streamlined, cost effective way to order from University Preferred Vendors.


Microsoft Teams is a secure, Cloud-based chat and group collaborative workspace that seamlessly integrates with other Microsoft 365 applications, including Exchange, OneDrive, and SharePoint.


In partnership with Smartsheet, Inc., Northwestern provides a cloud-based project management tool that can be used by faculty, and staff to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents and manage other work.


Northwestern IT operates firewalls for the Evanston and Chicago Data Centers. Firewall rule add/change/deletes must be requested through the Firewall Ruleset Modification Request Form.


The Northwestern Public Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows users with Northwestern NetIDs to access University network resources as if they were directly connected to the Northwestern network.Virtual Private Network (VPN) establishes a "secure tunnel" for your computer on the Northwestern network. It provides strong encryption, enables authenticated access to the Northwestern network from external and untrusted environments, and proxies your network traffic so it appears to originate from within the Northwestern network.


GitHub provides hosting for git repositories and other services and tools for software development teams.


Northwestern provides domain name services for its IP address space as well as DHCP and static address management. These services can be managed by Northwestern IT or they can be delegated out to local IT staff in some instances.


Mailing lists are an easy way to reach a lot of people very quickly by automating the distribution of e-mail to all those who subscribe to the mailing list.


The Northwestern software download portal helps students, faculty, and staff identify the ways in which they can purchase or download Northwestern-recommended software titles.


End User Computing is a contracted service that provides computer support, both desk-side and remote, to individuals and departments across the University. This service helps customers meet business needs through the reliable implementation of computing environments, while providing an exceptional customer service experience through integrity, accountability and respect.


CrowdStrike Falcon is Northwestern's licensed software application for protecting Northwestern-owned and managed machines and devices against viruses and other malware. For personally owned devices and machines not managed by the University, it is critical that students, faculty, and staff members install antivirus software, update virus definitions, and run virus scans daily.


Northwestern IT participates in the InCommon Certificate Program, which entitles Northwestern to issue unlimited SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificates for 1 year to secure Web Servers on the northwestern.edu domain.


Qualtrics is an easy-to-use, web-based tool for creating and conducting full-featured online surveys.