Email Accounts

How can I activate my Northwestern e-mail account?

Follow the steps below to activate your NetID as soon as possible. (Both your NetID and activation code were sent to you with Northwestern’s acceptance message.) Your NetID will allow you to activate your email account and to log in to CAESAR, Northwestern’s system for handling many of the tasks of being a student.

  • Go to
  • Enter your activation code as the password.
  • Set your NetID password.
  • Set answers to three or more security questions (for NetID password reset).
  • Follow the prompts to activate your account.
How do I check e-mail?

You can access your student email by going to

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.

All official communication from Northwestern is sent to your account. You are responsible for receiving, reading, and responding to messages in a timely way, so be sure to check your account frequently this summer. Powered by Google’s G Suite for Education, your account includes tools for email, calendars, document management, cloud storage, and more.


Email-management tips:

  • If you activated your NetID but not your account, activate your email.
  • Remember that your email password is distinct from your NetID password.
  • To change your email password, add a nickname, or modify your name or year in your email address, go to
  • To access your Northwestern email account from any web browser, go to and log in using your account name and password.