University Identity Activation

What Is It?

Identity Activation is a critical piece of the onboarding process for all members of the university community. Identity activation includes the provisioning of a university NetID, setting your password, setting up two-factor authentication, and creating your accounts including your university email account. Upon activation, your UIC identity is represented by your university NetID, or network ID. Your NetID and password are the credentials you will use to access systems and resources across the University of Illinois System.

Other Service Names

NetID Claim, NetID Activation


  • Register for UIC Alert, UIC's free emergency notification system
  • Set your password, used to access many Technology Solutions services, as well as other University of Illinois computing and networking services
  • Register password recovery options for self-service management of your password
  • Create accounts to enable access to additional services


To activate a UIC NetID and access Technology Solutions accounts and services you must agree to the UIC Acceptable Use of Computational Resources Policy.

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Where Can I Get It?

Based on your role at the university, select either the Activate NetID (Faculty/Staff) or Activate NetID (Student/External) button on this page.

How Do I Use It?

Learn more about your NetID

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Find Out More?

Technology Solutions welcomes any questions you have about this service. Please reach out to us.

Activate NetID (Faculty/Staff) Activate NetID (Student/External)


Service ID: 707
Sat 6/25/22 3:51 PM
Sun 6/26/22 1:48 AM
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Service Offerings (2)

Faculty / Staff Activation
Faculty and staff go through the “UI New Hire” portal to activate their NetID. Faculty and staff NetIDs are self-selected during the UI NewHire process.
Student / External Activation
New students and department-sponsored externals will use the “UIC NetID Activation” page to activate their NetID. These NetIDs are assigned automatically.