Your NetID is a unique identifier that provides access to your Cornell email and other public Cornell resources and information.
Activate Your NetID, Email, and Two-Step Login
Cornell provides additional security protection for personal data by requiring Two-Step Login to access important online resources, including Student Essentials, Canvas, and Student Center. Two-Step Login is a two-factor authentication services that prevents the use of stolen Cornell passwords by requiring confirmation from something a third party doesn't have such as your phone or another device. Because some tasks you need to complete on campus will require Two-Step Login, enroll during the NetID activation process.
Steps to Activate NetID, Email, and Two-Step Login
1. Confirm your enrollment with Cornell and submit an enrollment deposit.
2. After your deposit is processed, an email from "firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent to the email address used for your Cornell application with instructions to activate your NetID and email. It can take up to two business days for your NetID to be created once your deposit is processed. Note that the email might land in your spam/junk folder.
You will receive an email with instructions to set up your NetID via ApplyWeb.
Professional Students (Cornell Tech, Johnson, Law, and Vet)
You will receive an email with instructions to activate your NetID and Cornell email account online or via text message.
Learn more about NetIDs, Cornell email, and Two-Step Login.
Your Email Options
Email service for students at Cornell is provided through G Suite (Google’s G Suite for Education). Along with email, Cornell G Suite for Students includes calendar, collaboration, and other tools. Learn more about Cornell G Suite for students.
If you choose to forward your Cornell email to an outside account, you can set that up in Google. Before you decide to forward your Cornell email to a non-Cornell account, please be aware of policy changes by the major email senders that may impact your email delivery. It is recommended that everyone with Cornell email use their @cornell.edu account to send and receive mail. 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 Cornell G Suite for students.
Office 365 Email and Calendar
As a graduate or professional student, you have an additional option for your Cornell email—an account on the university's Office 365 service.
Cornell Office 365 accounts for graduate or professional students are intended primarily to be used to perform university business while at Cornell. Guidance about whether a graduate or professional student's work is considered university business should be determined by the department or unit that oversees that work.
For graduate or professional students, Cornell Office 365 accounts provide storage of up to 50GB (gigabytes) and include email, calendar, tasks, and address books. These accounts are in addition to the Cornell G Suite account that every student receives, and/or the email account their department or college may provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What 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 page to set a new password yourself.
If you forget your NetID password, and 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 contact them to schedule a video chat. 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.
Can I share my NetID and password with family or friends?
No. NetIDs are for students' exclusive personal use. It is a violation of university policy to share your NetID and password with anyone, including friends and family members. If someone has your NetID and password, he or she can look up and/or change personal and confidential information and violate federal privacy laws through your account, and more. Keeping your NetID password safe is one way you can help protect your personal information and Cornell's data.