NetID & Email
A Network ID (or NetID) is a personal, unique identifier assigned to you. It consists of your initials followed by one or more numbers. You use it, along with a password, to obtain secure access to online services at Cornell.
Beginning November 13, as soon as the university processes your response to admission coupon and deposit, you will receive an email (at your admissions email address) that your NetID was created and what to expect next.
- If you have a text-enabled cell phone number already on record, you will have the option to receive an activation code for your NetID and instructions via text messaging.
- If not, a letter will be mailed with the information necessary to activate your NetID.
You should activate your NetID immediately.
Once you activate your NetID, your ApplicantID will be disabled, and you will use your NetID to authenticate to Cornell services. NetIDs are permanent, and carry both additional privileges and additional responsibilities.
Your Email Options
As a new student, you will set up your email account when you activate your NetID. Your email address will look something like this—firstname.lastname@example.org—where "ewe1" is your Cornell NetID.
Email service for students at Cornell is provided through Cmail (Google Apps Education Edition). Along with email, Cmail includes calendar, collaboration, and other tools. Learn more about Cmail.
You can choose Cmail and/or provide a valid, alternate email address where email sent to your NetID@cornell.edu will be directed. This will ensure that you don't miss important university communications.
Regardless of which email option you choose, you can still use the collaboration services offered through Cmail.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I forget my password?
Passwords are kept in an encrypted database, and cannot be looked up by anyone. If you set up your password's security questions in advance, you can go to the Manage Your NetID web page to set a new password yourself.
If you did not set up your password's security questions, you will need to request a new activation code so that you can reset your password. To make this request, visit the IT Service Desk in person, or mail or fax your request to that office. You will need to provide proof of identity — your Cornell ID card or your valid government-issued photo ID card (such as a driver's license or passport), or a photocopy of one of these.
If you make your request by mail or fax, your NetID and an activation code to set your password will be mailed back to you within five (5) business days. Your NetID and activation code cannot be sent by email, telephone, or fax machine. However, if you have a text-enabled cell phone number already on record, you will have the option to receive your activation code and instructions via text messaging.
Is it OK to let my family or close friends use my NetID and password?
No. NetIDs are for students' exclusive personal use. It is a violation of university policy to share NetIDs and passwords with anyone, including family members. If someone knows a student's NetID and password, he or she can look up and/or change personal and confidential information and violate federal privacy laws through the student's account.