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To begin, you must read the Princeton University Information Technology Policy.
The Information Technology Policy sets forth the central policies governing all uses of the University's information technology resources whether administered by the Office of Information Technology or individual departments. As stated in Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities members of the University community are expected to be familiar with and adhere to these policies.
Next, you must activate your University netID by setting your enhanced security profile; consisting of a new strong password, an anti-phishing image/phrase, and three security questions and answers.
- Review the instructions for setting your security profile.
- Check examples of safe and easy to remember passwords.
- Go to the PUaccess page to begin the activation process.
- To log in, use the University netID and temporary password you received in either email or a paper mailer (see below for details on how you are notified).
- Follow the instructions to set your security profile.
After you have activated your account
- You are now eligible for University email services. (Students: Your Princeton Gmail account may take up to 24 hours to be fully active after you receive your netID and temporary password email message, due to system processing.)
- If you would like to request and set up a more readable email address, please see: How can I get a personalized Princeton email address (aka alias address)?
- For complete information about how to manage your Princeton email account see the Email Account Management Page.
- Enable your Unix account if necessary. Use your University netID and password to access this page.
- Students, visit the online SCI Store to purchase a Princeton-configured laptop computer.
- If you have questions about getting on the network, connecting from home, or any other technical issue, contact the OIT Help Desk or call 609-258-HELP(4357).
Notification: How will I be notified of my Princeton netID and initial temporary password?
an account is created, a notification
letter is created and sent via
mail, email or both depending on the account holder's affiliation. If
is no record of a "home" email address only a paper mailer is sent.
You will receive an email message with your Princeton netID and temporary password at the home email address you submitted. Your Princeton Gmail account may take up to 24 hours to be fully active after receiving your netID and temporary password email message, due to system processing. Student and Special Student netIDs are emailed the summer prior to entering as first-year students, typically mid-May. There will be instructions for activating your account, setting your security profile, and changing your password to a secure one. Once this step is completed, you will have access to your email and the University network and to campus computer resources when you arrive on campus.
Your OIT account is provisioned when you are admitted, generally in mid-January. You will receive an email notification of your Princeton netID and temporary password at the home email address you submitted.
Dean of the Faculty hires
New appointees and benefits-eligible main campus faculty receive their netID mailers at their home address and home email; a copy is sent to their department manager. The netID becomes active no sooner than 92 days before hire date.
Human Resources hires
New employees receive their netID and temporary passwords in mailers sent to their home address and home email, if possible; a copy is sent to their department manager. The netID becomes active no sooner than 7 days before hire date.
netID mailers are sent to PPL Human Resources. The netID becomes active no sooner than 7 days before hire date.