Start your journey at CDU by checking off these items on the Tech Checklist.

First Steps

Login to Populi

Click on the link you received to set up your password.

Populi is the system you will use to view student announcements, register for classes, view your final grades, request transcripts, etc.

Get familiar with the various features in Populi.

Access your CDU Emil

It is very important that you monitor your CDU email for important communications from CDU faculty and staff.

You can get to your CDU email directly from the Email link in Populi or you can browse to and enter your CDU email address.

Computer Setup

Set up your Laptop

Review the CDU laptop requirements.

Make sure you have a reliable, broadband internet connection.

Ensure that your laptop has an anti-virus installed.

Back up your data regularly.

Install Software

Install Zoom on your laptop for synchronous class meetings.

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader to read .pdf class resources.

Create a Microsoft 365 account using your CDU email and get free access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint online.

Download the Populi App

Access Populi on your IOS or Android mobile devices.

Get Technical Assistance

IT Help Desk

The IT Help Desk is the first point of contact for assistance with technology at CDU.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time



Canvas provides 24/7 technical support to students.

Call: 1-844-702-5218

Guide to get help from Canvas