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Office 365 at BC

free for bc faculty, staff & students

About Office 365 Education

Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your work online. The service includes Microsoft Office Online (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote), 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, Yammer, and SharePoint sites. Learn more about Office 365 Education.

Office 365 Education is not a required tool at Boston College, but BC faculty, staff, and students can use these services for free on Mac or Windows computers and/or mobile devices.

Security & Confidential Data

Office 365 Education data is saved to OneDrive, which is Microsoft's cloud storage service. OneDrive is off-campus and owned by Microsoft (not BC), and thus restricted & confidential data must not be stored on OneDrive.

Important: When sharing confidential data electronically it is important to ensure it is secure. We strongly recommend you review the Regulated Data Chart to help you decide where to store confidential data.

 

Signing up for Office 365 Education

Boston College faculty, staff, and students can use these services for free on Mac or Windows computers and/or mobile devices.

To sign up for Office 365 Education:

  1. Go to https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education and enter your BC email address.
  2. You will be prompted to create an Office 365 password.
    Important: For security reasons, do not use your BC passwords to sign up.
  3. To open Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or OneNote Online, click the corresponding Office Online icon.
    Note: Your files will be saved to your Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage account with 1 TB of space.

Mobile devices: You will have a better experience if you install the specific Office 2016 apps you need (Word, Excel, etc.). Follow the online instructions to install the Office 2016 apps. Note: The first time you open one of the apps, you will need to enter your BC email address again to activate Office.

Accessing Office 365 Education

After signing up for Office 365 Education, login to your account at: http://portal.office.com