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Getting Started: What is my netID? Do I have a Princeton email address?
Your Princeton University account and netID: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Your netID is the portion of your email 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 2019 were notified of their netID on May, 22nd, 2015.

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 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.

Email: How can I get a personalized Princeton email address (aka alias address)?

Once your account has been created, you may wish to set up a more friendly or readable email address. This address is called an alias, as it is adding an additional name to the account rather than changing the email account address. For example if the name is available, Ann Expert would be able to have the email alias Mail sent to either or will be delivered to Ann Expertís email box. For more information, please see:

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.

For Administrators:
To have a departmental computer account (DCU) created, please see: Family members including spouses, dependents and domestic partners are NOT eligible for University netIDs or email addresses.

The University's Information Technology Policy gives examples of appropriate use by all members of the Princeton community.

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Last Updated:
May 28, 2015

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