Online Passport Overview

One "passport," many destinations

The Online Passport is Northwestern's web Single Sign-On (SSO) system, which enables you to log in once to gain access to many web-based applications. In addition to simplifying the login process, it also provides for improved application security by protecting your NetID and NetID password.

After your initial sign in to the Online Passport, your ability to access systems without repeated login lasts until you logout, close your web browser, or reach a four-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 four-hour idle time limit.

How do I reach the Online Passport login page?

You can access any Online Passport protected system by entering the intended systems' URL or selecting a link in your browser. You will then be automatically directed to the Online Passport login page before access is provided. When you log in via Online Passport, the system will verify your identity and then redirect you to the web site originally visited.

What systems can I access?

The Online Passport has been deployed to more than 150 systems, as well as to new systems on an ongoing basis. In 2016, it will be expanded to include all Administrative systems, Collaboration Services, and many more.

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 FASIS, Student Enterprise System, and Canvas.

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) capabilities will be added to the Online Passport to further increase the security provided by this service. Systems that elect to use MFA will be provided with additional protection in the event that a NetID password is compromised.

Benefits to the University

The 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. Online Passport streamlines 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 is 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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