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NetID and Email

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 four numbers. Your NetID is different from your seven-digit student ID number. You will use your NetID to access important University services and resources, including, but not limited to, CAESAR, Canvas, Northwestern Library online resources, campus wireless networks, Zoom, and Microsoft 365. Access to NetID-authenticated services will expire when you graduate.

Powered by Google’s G Suite for Education, your student account includes tools for email, calendars, document management, cloud storage, and more. All official communication from Northwestern is sent to this account. You are responsible for receiving, reading, and responding to messages promptly, so make it a habit to check for new mail every day. Please note that your @u account password is distinct from your NetID password.

Activate Your NetID and Email

If you haven’t already done so, please activate your NetID as soon as possible. (Both your NetID and activation code were sent to you with Northwestern’s acceptance message.) Please visit the Northwestern IT Knowledge Base for instructions.

Many NetID-authenticated services are protected by Duo Multi-factor Authentication (MFA). Please set up Duo Mobile when you set up your NetID. 

If you have an active NetID but haven’t activated your student G Suite account, please activate your account.

Manage Your @u Account

After you’ve activated your @u account:

You can also change your email password, add a nickname, and modify your name or year in your email address. Manage account features.