NU Online Passport Overview

One "passport," many destinations

Northwestern University Online Passport is the University's Web Single Sign-On gateway. Web Single Sign-On (SSO) is a process that enables you to log in once to gain access to a number of Web-based applications. When SSO verifies your identity, you can then access any systems you are authorized to use.

Your ability to access those systems without logging in again lasts until you close your Web browser to log out. However, there is a two-hour idle time limit to help guard against unauthorized access to an unattended computer.

For your convenience, you can remain logged in via Online Passport for up to 12 hours at a time, provided you do not exceed the two-hour idle time limit.

How do I reach the Online Passport login page?

Access an NU NetID-authenticated site by entering a URL or selecting a link in your browser. You will be automatically directed to the Online Passport login page.

When you login via Online Passport, the system will take a few moments to verify your identity in the University's central directory database. Once you are authenticated, you will be redirected to the Web site you originally wanted.

What systems can I access?

NU Online Passport is being implemented in phases. Users with valid Northwestern NetIDs and passwords can currently access services including:

  • Check NetID status
  • Change or check password
  • Set Q&A (question and answer) for password recovery
  • Set your privacy options in the NU online directory
  • Edit your online directory information
  • Authenticate access to NU online directory from off-campus

Other authenticated services will be added as the NU Online Passport project is expanded. These will include University Library resources and University-wide systems such as the Human Resources Information System, Student Enterprise System, and Blackboard Course Management System.

Benefits to the University

NU Online Passport has significant benefits for the University community:

  • Improved productivity. With only one login, users save time and no longer have to remember several IDs and/or passwords for various systems.
  • Convenience. NU Online Passport will streamline many Web-based processes for users.
  • Enhanced security. The single sign-on environment results in fewer passwords and logins to compromise, and includes built-in time limitations to minimize unauthorized access to unattended login sessions.
  • Staffing efficiency. With fewer passwords to remember, there will be potentially fewer requests to technical support staff to reset passwords.

Additional Information

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

IT Support Center
Central service desk for students, faculty, and staff.
847-491-4357 (1-HELP)
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