Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern. The most common format of a NetID is a combination of three letters (often related to your name) and three numbers. Your NetID is different from your seven-digit student/employee number.
You will use your NetID to access important University systems including, but not limited to:
- University e-mail
- NU online directory
- NU Library online resources
- Grades and transcripts (CAESAR)
- Kronos Time System
- Campus wireless network
- Off-campus access to the NU Network (VPN)
Based on your University affiliation (faculty, staff, student, or a combination of staff/student, etc.), your NetID provides you with role-specific access to University systems.
How do I get a NetID?
NetIDs are provided to active members of the University community as a result of having been entered into FASIS (faculty/staff) or SES (students). If you are a faculty or staff member, your personal information has been entered into FASIS by Human Resources. If you are a student, your personal information has entered by the University Registrar.
You must activate your NetID before you can use it. You will be notified when your NetID has been created and you can begin the activation process. Faculty and staff receive information about NetID activation from their department NetID coordinator. Students receive their NetID Activation Code from their school or the Admissions Office.
When you activate your NetID, you will need to create a NetID password/passphrase and answer at least two security questions. If your forget your NetID or let it expire, you can self-reset it online by answering your security questions.
Note that Northwestern uses a password aging system which requires you to change your password for your NetID once a year. You will receive several e-mail reminders to change your password as the expiration date approaches.
- NetID and Password Security
- NetID Password/Passphrase Overview
- Change NetID Password
- Update Security Questions/Answers
- NetID Password Reset Guidelines
- Guest, Affiliate, & Departmental NetIDs
- NetID Administrator Helpful Hints
- NetID Expiration
- Edit Online Directory Information
- Policy: Who may have a Northwestern NetID and Network Privileges
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Last Updated: 14 September 2011