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.
Activate Your NetID, Email, and Two-Step Login
Once the university processes your admission response and, if applicable, your deposit, you will receive an email (at your admissions email address) that your NetID was created and what to do next.
Graduate School Students
- Once you receive that email, sign in with your ApplyWeb credentials to activate your NetID and email.
Cornell Tech (NYC), Johnson, Law, and Vet Students
- You will receive a text message with instructions to activate your NetID and Cornell email account.
- If you do not have a text-enabled cellphone number on record, a postal letter with instructions for activation will be mailed to you.
Activate your NetID immediately. As a new student, you will set up your email account when you activate your NetID. Your email address will look something like this—email@example.com—where "ewe1" is your Cornell NetID.
Set up Two-Step Login so you can access services vital to getting started as a new student, such as Student Center and Student Essentials. Two-Step Login blocks criminals from using stolen Cornell passwords by also requiring something they don't have, such as your cell phone.
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; 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.