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Zoom - Activate Your NDSU Zoom Account

NDSU has a Zoom campus-wide license for all students, faculty and staff. To use your official NDSU Zoom account, you must first login to the portal to activate your account. This account will enable you to join meetings, class sessions and events at NDSU as a NDSU Authenticated User. Most meetings and class sessions, for safety and security purposes, will restrict access to joining unless you are an authenticated user and have logged in.

Steps to Activate Zoom Accounts


  • Go to and click the Sign In button to configure your account.


NOTE: This is a critical step to get the NDSU Zoom portal which provides you with an NDSU license for your account. The webpage is for external public Zoom access and will not work for the NDSU account you need for classes, meetings and events.


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  • Log in to the NDSU INCOMMON LOGIN page to authenticate as an NDSU student, faculty or staff member. 
  • Use your Bison Credentials to sign in to your Zoom account.
  • Complete the Authentication with DUO using your preferred method.
  • When DUO is completed, your NDSU Zoom account has been activated and you are now an NDSU Authenticated Zoom user.
  •  Your next screen will display your Zoom home screen with a menu on the left side and meetings in the center.

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To view your Blackboard Class meetings, go to your Blackboard Learn original course. Click here to see how to find and join your Zoom class connection through Blackboard Learn original.


Zoom Desktop Client

Zoom works best with the desktop client. It can be used in a browser (make sure your browser is up-to-date), though you will be prompted to download the client. It is best to install the client and test your camera and microphone prior to joining a scheduled meeting. There is a Download Client link at the bottom of the Sign in page or a download option will popup when starting or joining a meeting.

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Sign in to Zoom Desktop Client

  • Open zoom desktop client and Click Sign In
  • Click SSO to access the NDSU Zoom login portal

  • Enter NDSU Domain ( and log in using your Bison credentials.


Update Zoom Desktop Client

Check to make sure your Zoom Desktop Client is updated before you start or join a meeting. Zoom has updates available frequently which provide new features, increased security, bug fixes and more.

To check for updates:

  • Click on your profile picture in the top right corner to open a drop down list.
  • Click on Check for Updates

Check for Updates


Switch Zoom Accounts During Live Zoom Meeting

There is another feature in that same dropdown list. If have multiple Zoom accounts, personal, second job, and your NDSU account you may find yourself logged into the wrong account when joining a meeting. To switch accounts without leaving the meeting follow these steps:

  • Find your Zoom Desktop Client and click on your profile picture in the top right corner
  • Scroll down to Switch Account below Check for Updates
  • Choose which account you would like to switch to and log in, if required.
  • When switching to NDSU from another account, choose SSO to access the NDSU Zoom login portal
  • Enter NDSU Domain ( and log in using your Bison credentials.

See Also

KeywordsZoom, account activate, authenticated user, zoom license, zoom client, zoom phone   Doc ID105576
OwnerLori S.GroupIT Knowledge Base
Created2020-09-03 08:01:45Updated2024-02-07 17:21:16
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