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Technology plays a big role in being a student these days, so the University of Colorado is making resources available for its students.

One of the resources students should be aware of is CU’s software licenses, which allow CU students to download the licenses for computer programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and ChemDraw.

“Even if it’s not for free, with many of the programs, there is a discount or we can point students to how to get discounts,” said Greg Stauffer with CU’s Office of Information and Technology.

Stauffer said CU also offers access to an online program called Lynda that has training videos on a wide variety of topics like business skills and software training.

Since CU has switched its email from CU link to Gmail, Stauffer said that means students have access to Google apps like Google Drive and Google Docs.

Using their Gmail accounts, students can now also send documents from their mobile devices straight to any of the printing stations on campus. All students are given printing credits based on the amount of classes they are taking and can also add money onto their BuffOne cards.

“It’s valuable if you are just trying to print a paper and run to class,” Stauffer said.

CU will continue to offer free, walk-in tech support in Norlin Library and at the Technology Learning Center for students with computer problems or who need help installing programs.

Stauffer also said any students who get new technology for Christmas should remember to register their devices with OIT, which can use electronic IDs to register everything from laptops to tablets to smartphones.

“That information can be helpful to recover a device if it is lost or stolen,” Stauffer said.

For more information on these and other tech resources at CU, visit

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