What does WAM offer?

Information about the WAM system

The OIT WAM system is a UNIX system that gives shell accounts to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland, College Park. A WAM account can be used access to many different services, including:  e-mail, file storage, computer labs, and the Internet. Please click here for information on how to get a WAM account.


With your WAM UNIX account, you have free access to e-mail.  You can read, send, receive, and store messages with this account.  There are several ways to log in to your e-mail account.  You can install an e-mail client on your computer, use OIT web mail, or use a UNIX terminal window.  For more information, see http://www.helpdesk.umd.edu/systems/wam/connectivity/email/.

Home Space

Each WAM UNIX account has 100 megabytes of storage space for your files.   You can use this space to store e-mail and electronic files, including web pages.  For more information about the size limitations of your home space, see Disk Space on UNIX Systems.

Web Page Hosting

A WAM account provides space to host personal web pages. Please see our page on Publishing Web Pages on Your WAM Account for more information.

Access to OIT WAM Labs and Other Computer Labs

WAM accounts allow you to log in to most open computer labs at the University.  For more information about labs on the WAM system, see http://www.oit.umd.edu/wheretogo.

Access to USENET News

WAM accounts give you access to the news systems at the University.  For more information about reading news and using newsreaders, see http://www.helpdesk.umd.edu/topics/applications/news/.