Email Accounts

How can I activate my Northwestern e-mail account?

If you haven't activated your @u.northwestern.edu account yet, please go here to get started with the e-mail, IM, calendar, docs, spreadsheets, and presentations collaboration suite. If you've already set up your account, visit and bookmark u.northwestern.edu to log in with your NetID and NetID password.

With @u.northwestern.edu, you'll be able to collaborate with other students and manage e-mail, schedules, documents, and more. Keep in mind that the e-mail Northwestern sends to your account is considered official communication, and you're expected to stay on top of it. Whenever you have a question about e-mail, go to our Northwestern IT website or email the NUIT Support Center.

How do I check e-mail?

You can access your student email by going to u.northwestern.edu.

What if I forget my e-mail password?
If you need to reset your password (or even change the email graduation year), find more info on how to do that on the Northwestern IT website.
Do I have to use my Northwestern e-mail account? I already have an existing address.

Northwestern University's official policy, University E-mail Notifications To Students, states that your Northwestern e-mail account, "is a valid mechanism for official communication with students at Northwestern University. The university has the right to send official communications to students by e-mail. The university has the right to expect that students will receive e-mail and will read e-mail [sent to their Northwestern account] in a timely fashion."

Additional computing policies can be found on Northwestern University Information Technology's website.