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Northwestern Box

Northwestern University has partnered with Box to deliver file sharing services to faculty, staff, and students. Northwestern Box provides individual, flexible online space for unlimited file storing or sharing at no additional cost to schools, departments, or individuals. All Box content can be accessed online from computers or mobile devices.

Sensitive and Restricted Data

Box can be used for Internal (Sensitive) and Legally/Contractually Restricted data with appropriate access control and management.

Northwestern Box Access


Current faculty, staff, and students with an active NetID are eligible to register for a Northwestern Box storage account. After logging in with a NetID and Net ID password, users will need to agree to the terms of service and follow proper computing guidelines.

Please Note: Faculty and University employees who have a personal Box account associated with their email address will need to switch that account to another email address before being able to access Northwestern Box.

Other members of the University community, such as affiliates or alumni, may use a personal email address to sign up for a free Box account.


Organizational accounts may be created as necessary by submitting a Northwestern Box Organizational Request. Departmental NetIDs may not be used to create a Northwestern Box account. Instead, individuals should request to create an organizational Box account.

Why Use Box for Collaboration?

Individual schools and departments may provide faculty and employees with specific guidance for file sharing. For a more comprehensive listing of online collaboration options and guidelines, the University community can also visit File Sharing at Northwestern.

Last Updated: 18 October 2017

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