Activating your NetID

Welcome to Northwestern! Congratulations on receiving your Northwestern welcome letter. Included in that letter are the steps you'll take to activate your new NetID and obtain your Northwestern email account. If you have not received this letter, then please contact either your school admissions department or your department's business administrator.

Student

  1. Once you receive your NetID and activation code from your program's admissions office, go to NUValidate at https://northwestern.edu/login. If you don't have both your NetID and activation code, contact your program's admissions office.
  2. In the Username field enter your NetID, and in the Password field enter the activation code, then click Login.
  3. Record answers to four security questions. In the future, if you happen to forget your password or accidentally let it expire, you'll need to provide answers to two of your security questions to self-reset your password. 
  4. Create your personalized NetID password.
  5. Once you've activated your NetID and recorded answers to security questions, you will then be directed to another web site to activate your student email account.

Employee

  1. Once you receive your NetID and activation code from your department's NetID coordinator (often the department's business administrator), go to NUValidate at https://northwestern.edu/login.
  2. In the Username field enter your NetID, and in the Password field enter the activation code, then click Login.
  3. Record answers to  four security questions. In the future, if you happen to forget your password or accidentally let it expire, you'll need to provide answers to two of your security questions to self-reset your password. 
  4. Create your personalized NetID password.
Note: Northwestern uses a password aging system that requires you to change your NetID password once a year. As your password expiration date approaches, you will receive several automated email reminders to change your password. If you don't change your password before your expiration date, you will need to use your security questions to self-reset your NetID password.

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For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) or via email at consultant@northwestern.edu.




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