New student accounts

Parents of new students commencing at the start of the year will receive their son’s Villanova account details and instructions on activation via email in mid-January.

Students commencing mid-year usually find it easiest to bring their device to the IT Helpdesk on their first school day for assistance with accounts and configuration.

General configuration of a brand new device

We often receive questions about what details should be entered on a brand-new Windows 10 device in the setup wizard displayed when the device is turned on for the first time. A guide has been produced which outlines this process.

Preparing a BYOD laptop for use at the College

All BYOD laptops are required to have a set of “software essentials” installed prior to use at the College. These essentials are:

  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Anti-virus software (refer to the section directly below)

There is no need to purchase any software, as all required licenses are provided by the College. To install these essential software packages refer to the linked guides below. These guides and software licenses can only be accessed once your son’s account has been activated and he has a current College username and password. All general BYOD support information is located on our BYOD web site and requires secure access via a valid and activated College username and password. However, our BYOD laptop setup guide is publicly available as below:

  • BYOD Set-up Guide for Windows 10/11 laptopsCLICK HERE

*Note: If you are purchasing a new laptop do not purchase a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Since 2021, Villanova College has been instructing families to purchase Windows 10/11 laptops with touch screen and digital stylus.

Anti-virus software

Installation of anti-virus software is highly recommended.

The built-in Windows Defender is recommended at a minimum for Virus, Threat, Firewall, and Account protection.

However a third party End Point Protection product such as:

is recommended for enhanced protection. These products offer family licence packages and are well worth considering to protect and manage all devices in your household from a central dashboard and/or login profile.

Labelling BYOD laptops and STM cases

Parents are advised not to engrave laptops as this may void warranty conditions. We recommend adhering a vinyl/plastic coated label to the outside of the laptop screen with your son’s full name and year level clearly visible.

It is recommended parents also clearly label STM hard cases and any peripherals (pens, USBs, mouses) in the same manner.

Further resources

BYOD change password instructions
Follow these instructions to change/update your College password.

BYOD reset password instructions
Follow these instructions if you cannot remember your password.

Onthehub – academic discounts on Windows OS, apps and security software
Onthehub provides discounted software for students and academic staff. Search for Villanova College, then sign in with your College credentials to access exclusive academic discounts on Windows 10 Education, Windows 11 Education, Norton 360, NordPass etc.