New Employee Account Setup

This web page is intended to give instructions for new staff and faculty to set up their accounts before starting at NDSU.

Getting Started

At NDSU, you have two IT accounts:

North Dakota University System (NDUS)North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Used to access:
Campus Connection
Email (
Blackboard NDUS System
Finance Portal
HRMS Self-Service
Used to access:
Computer labs
Library Services
Wired/Wireless Network

As a new employee at NDSU, you need to activate your N.D. University System ID, NDSU electronic ID, and email account to get started using information technology services at NDSU.

Claim your N.D. University System Account

  1. Go to
  2. Click Claim an NDUS Account
  3. Enter your EMPLID and 8-digit birthdate in the fields provided
  4. Click Continue
  5. Check I Agree and then click Continue to proceed
  6. A confirmation message displays indicating that your account has been activated. Click the Continue button again to proceed 
  7. Next, you will be prompted to input a new password
  8. After a new password has been accepted, click Change Password
  9. A dialog box indicating that you have successfully changed your password appears. Click the Continue button to proceed to the next steps
  10. Next, you will be prompted to select three security questions
  11. Click Save Answers
  12. Clicking Continue produces a dialog box that allows you to go back and change your password, reset the security questions you've set up, Setup Google Authentication or Setup Alternate E-mail account for password recovery
  13. Once you have reached this dialog box, you will have completed the process of claiming your NDUS account

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 or to set up Multi-factor Authentication for the first time
  5. Set and confirm a passphrase
  6. Add an email recovery option, and then retrieve the code form 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

Log into your email for the first time

  1. Go to the Microsoft Office 365 login page
  2. Enter your NDSU email username (typically
  3. Enter the password associated with your N.D. University System ID
  4. Click Sign in.
  5. You will then be asked to approve a Multi-Factor Authentication prompt
  6. An Outlook Web App page should now load, choose your language and Time Zone and click OK to finish
  7. You should now see your inbox

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