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Your Princeton University account and netID: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Your netID is the portion of your e-mail address before the @ sign.
- Do you already have an account? If you're not sure, just search for your own name in the Campus Online Directory.
- All new faculty, staff, and incoming students should see the Account Activation page for specific details regarding how and when they will receive their University netID and initial password. Incoming undergraduate class of 2017 were notified of their netID in May 2013.
Your Princeton netID
All Princeton University students, faculty, and staff members have access to the Internet. This allows you to
- send and receive email;
- browse the Web for information from Princeton and around the world;
- participate in electronic discussion groups and mailing lists;
- work on the OIT-supported Unix systems and within the Windows domain;
- access networked computing resources around campus, including printers.
Everyone at Princeton has a @princeton.edu email address. Each student, faculty and staff member also has a unique identifier, for example, marydoe or aasmytth. Complete individual netIDs combine the elements to produce
Your netID requires a secure and strong password. When you establish a new account or have a password reset by OIT, you must set a secure password and an enhanced security profile from the PUaccess page. Additional information about password security is recommended reading.
If you need assistance with establishing or using your netID or password, call the OIT Help Desk at 8-HELP (4357) and press option 1.
To have a departmental computer account (DCU) created, please see: www.princeton.edu/oitforms. Family members including spouses, dependents and domestic partners are NOT eligible for University netIDs or e-mail addresses.
The University's Information Technology Policy gives examples of appropriate use by all members of the Princeton community.