Technology after Gustavus

Congratulations from Technology Services! Graduation is on the horizon and soon you will be moving on to new adventures – graduate school, a recently landed job, traveling, or just taking some time off to see where life takes you.

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Before you leave campus


  • We recommend migrating your Gustavus e-mail to GusMail. GusMail will give you uninterrupted access to your Gustavus e-mail after graduation. This account will not be deactivated.

Home Directory

Copy your files from your Home Directory (Z: Drive) to a USB flash drive, external hard drive, your Gustavus or other Google account or to your personal computer before you leave campus.

  • Make sure to include your website. If you have a personal website you would like to keep, it is located in the www-docs folder.
  • All lab computers have USB ports. If you use a USB flash drive to store your files, lab computers have USB ports on the fronts and/or backs of the machines.


Install a free anti-virus product such as Windows Defender (free for Windows 8/10) or purchase another anti-virus product. You have many choices, but a few of the big name products are McAfee, Symantec, and Norton.

  • Uninstall the Gustavus Symantec anti-virus or any other antivirus software that may be on your computer.
  • Install the new anti-virus product you purchased/downloaded.
  • Be sure to set up the new virus software to run Live Updates automatically. This ensures that your program will always be protected against the latest viruses.

Discounted software

Purchase software packages and computers at academic pricing while you are still eligible. Once you graduate, you will spend a lot more money for the same products.

Microsoft Office

If you haven't purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, you can still buy it for academic pricing while you are still registered as a student. You can buy this at many retail stores, or you can buy it online at places such as If you have downloaded the free Office 365 offered through Gustavus, your subscription will end after graduation in August. You will also need to download or move your Office 365 online documents to your computer or to Google Drive.

If you experience problems with installing or updating a copy of Microsoft Office, you will need to completely uninstall the copy of Office 365 you downloaded while at Gustavus. To do so, follow these instructions.

Purchasing a new computer

Gustavus does not sell computers to students, faculty or staff but does maintain a relationship with Apple, Inc., Lenovo, HP and Dell allowing community members to purchase computers and supplies at an educational discount direct from the vendor. Please use the following links to ensure you receive educational pricing.

Note: Almost all vendors have educational discounts for students, faculty and staff. All you have to do is ask.

FREE SOFTWARE Microsoft Office 365 is currently available for FREE to download for current Gustavus students and employees.

Also, community members are able to buy certain software and some hardware at educational discounts from stores and directly from their website such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc). Remember to always ask for an academic discount. You might be asked to supply an ID or email address.


If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111).

After graduation

Checking email

If you have migrated your e-mail to GusMail, you can continue to check your Gustavus e-mail.

Accessing files

After graduation, you have until August to copy your Home Directory files to another location. After those two months, you will need to contact the Technology Helpline (507-933-6113 or for help.


Yes, if you know your Webadvisor password, you will be able to access your unofficial transcript. You will need to contact the Registrar directly for a copy of your official transcript. Please visit this link for more information on how to obtain your transcript.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions frequently asked by graduating seniors. If you have any other questions, please call the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111) or e-mail We will be happy to assist!

After I graduate, how long do I have access to my Gustavus account?

If you have migrated your e-mail to GusMail, your email will continue to work. Your Gustavus password will continue to log into the Gustavus website after graduation.

What happens to my e-mail and files that are still on my Gustavus account after that one year?

Please see: Alumni Home Directory Access for help or assistance.

Gustavus Google Drive and Gustavus Google Calendar

After graduating, as long as you know your Gustavus username and e-mail password, you will have access to your Gustavus Google Drive and Gustavus Google Calendar accounts.

Can I view my transcript online after I graduate?

Yes, if you know your Webadvisor password, you will be able to access your unofficial transcript. You will need to contact the Registrar directly for a copy of your official transcript. Please visit this link for more information on how to obtain your transcript.

I have a new e-mail account; can I set up my Gustavus e-mail to be sent to this new address?

Yes. This is called forwarding your e-mail. If you visit the Gustavus User Settings Page, you will find a link called Forwarding in the e-mail section (left side). In the field that is provided on this page, please type in the new e-mail address that you would like the Gustavus e-mail to be forwarded to. Please read the warning on this page. If the new e-mail account does not work properly, the forwarded Gustavus e-mail will be lost. You can only setup forwards as long as your account is active, and we will continue to forward your e-mail, indefinitely.

Does my quota still apply after graduation?

If you have migrated your e-mail to GusMail, you have no e-mail quota. GusMail has unlimited e-mail storage.

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Is it possible to access my Home Directory/MyData from off-campus?

Remote and on campus access to your home directory ends when you graduate. If you need access to files from your Home Directory, please call the Technology Helpline (507-933-6111) or e-mail We will be happy to assist!

Am I still able to use the Gustavus Search after graduation?

Yes, as long as your Gustavus account is fully active, you will have access to the online Gustavus Search.

Do I need to uninstall Gustavus Antivirus before installing the new virus protection?

Yes, you will need to uninstall the Gustavus Antivirus/Symantec Client Security before installing your new virus protection. Installing a new virus protection program while having another one installed can be very risky and is not advised. It can cause significant problems with your operating system.

How do I uninstall the Gustavus AntiVirus Software?

  • Go to the Start Button→Control Panel→Add/Remove Programs
  • Click on each of these items (LiveReg, Norton Antivirus/Symantec Antivirus, Live Update, Symantec Endpoint Protection) and click Remove.

Note: It is recommended that you uninstall and install virus protection while you are not connected to the Internet.

Where do I go to find Spyware protection?

There are some programs that you can purchase in retail stores like Best Buy, however, many companies have free versions that are easily accessible on the Internet. Here are a few programs that we use on a regular basis: Malwarebytes, AdAware Personal, Spybot - Search and Destroy, and Spy Sweeper. Make sure that you keep these programs updated. You will need to do it manually. The paid versions of these programs will do the updating for you.

I am in need of serious computer help. Where should I go?

Because there are many businesses that provide support in case of serious computer problems, checking out the Yellow Pages or the local newspaper is a good place to start. It is also recommended to ask people in the area for a recommendation.

However, you should always use caution and good judgment when taking your computer to be repaired. It is recommended that you back up your data before having any service done to your computer, and remove any confidential data/sensitive data (taxes, personal pictures, passwords, etc.) from your hard drive before having your computer serviced.