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Accessing and Using NIC Digital Resources

This guide provides how-to's, links, and relevant information for accessing and utilizing the various software, internet programs, and more that are provided by NIC and used in class instruction.


Microsoft Office365 is an online version of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). NIC provides access to Office365 to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff.

Using Microsoft Office365 Online

In order to access & use Office365, you can follow the instructions below or review the NIC manual PDF linked here. Note: these instructions are best applied for computer use but can be helpful for mobile use as well.

  1. Begin by logging in to MyNIC using your NIC username and password (if you need help finding this information, please contact the IT Help Desk). For information about how to use MyNIC, you can learn more at this guide.
  2. From here, click the "Cardinal Mail" Icon (it is usually at the top of the Services section, but can also be found by searching "Cardinal Mail" in the search bar at the top of the page):

  1. This will take you to your NIC email account which is operated by Microsoft Outlook365. In order to access other Microsoft apps and services, you'll want to click the 3x3 square icon on the top left of the screen:

  1. Selecting this icon will display all of the Microsoft apps and services available to you. Select any of these (or view more options by selecting "All apps") to begin a new, blank document and begin working:

If you have any further questions, you can contact the IT Help Desk.

Downloading Microsoft Office365 for Use Offline

If you prefer to have access to Microsoft on your computer, you can download the apps by logging in to MyNIC and searching for "Install Microsoft Office."

Select the "Install Microsoft Office" icon and you will be taken to a new screen titled "Apps & devices." Under the "Office" option, select "Install Office." Note: if you would like to install Office apps and services on your phone, there is an option below "Skype for Business" that will instruct you further. You can also review our "Using a Mobile Device for Classes" guide.

Once you click "Install Office," follow the on-screen instructions to complete the install.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the IT Help Desk.