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As a new student at NDSU, follow the instructions below to activate your N.D. University System account, NDSU electronic ID, and email account.

Getting Started

At NDSU you have two IT accounts. For a more detailed explanation of the difference between the two, please review the following tables.
List of items using NDUS credentials
North Dakota University System (NDUS)

Used to access:

Campus Connection
Email (
Blackboard NDUS System
Housing Application
Scholarship Application*
*Effective November 2022, students will use their NDUS account to access the Scholarship Application.

List of items using NDSU credentials
North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Used to access:

Computer Labs
Library Services
Wireless Networks

Step 1 - Claim your N.D. University System account and log into your email

  1. Go to
  2. Click Claim an NDUS Account.
  3. Enter your Student ID / EMPLID and 8-digit birthdate in the fields provided and click Continue.
  4. Check I Agree then click Continue to proceed.
  5. A confirmation message displays indicating that your account has been activated. Click the Continue button again to proceed.
  6. Next, you will be prompted to input a new password.
  7. After new password has been accepted, click Change Password
  8. A dialog box indicating that you have successfully changed your password appears. Click the Continue button to proceed to the next steps.
  9. You can now use the Setup Google Authentication or Setup Alternate E-mail options, or both, to set up password recovery options in case you forget your password.
  10. After you have set up your password recovery options, you are done with the NDUS account claim process and you can log out.
  11. Next, sign into your email for the first time by going to the Microsoft Office 365 login page.
  12. Enter your NDSU email username (typically - notice @ndus not @ndsu) and click Next.
  13. Enter the password associated with your N.D. University System ID and click Log In.
  14. Follow the prompts to set up Multi-Factor Authentication for the first time. 
    • For step-by-step instructions, visit
    • Be sure to use your own phone number when setting up Multi-Factor Authentication, NOT your parent/guardian's.
  15. An Outlook Web App page should now load, choose your language and Time Zone and click OK to finish
  16. You should now see your Inbox

Step 2 - Activate your NDSU electronic ID

Your electronic ID is usually your Firstname.Lastname.
  1. Open a Web browser, and go to
  2. Click Set up your NDSU account, and then enter the following information:
    • Last Name
    • Student ID / EMPLID (7-digit ID number)
    • Birth Month (MM)
    • Birth Day (DD)
    • Birth Year (YYYY)
  3. Click I agree to agree to follow university and N.D. University System policies and procedures regarding use of information technology services and electronic resources
  4. You will then be asked to approve a Multi-Factor Authentication prompt
  5. Set and confirm a passphrase
  6. Add an email recovery option, and then retrieve the code from your email account to validate it
  7. Optional: Add a phone (SMS) recovery option, and then retrieve the code from your phone to validate it
  8. Click Logout in the top right corner when finished

For a more visual explanation of the account activation process please view the step by step video below.

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Owner:NDSU Help Desk .Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2020-03-30 11:34 CSTUpdated:2022-11-18 16:12 CST
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