NetID Claim, How to Claim for Students

The following instructions will explain how new students can claim their NetID

The NetID claim process begins with your UIN and an activation code given to you by University Admissions or the Graduate College.

  • Undergraduate students: Once you've accepted your admission in MyIllini, your activation code can be found in the admitted student checklist.
  • Graduate students: Your UIN and activation code and be found on your Graduate College application status page.
  • University Affiliates: If you've been told that a University account was created for you, but have not been sent a UIN or activation code, contact the Technology Services Help Desk for assistance.

Please note: the below screenshots were collected from the undergraduate claim process; formatting and available options may differ slightly depending on your account's type.

  1. Navigate to the NetID Claim website at

  2. Enter your UIN and click "Continue"

    NetID Claim Step 1: UIN
  3. Enter your activation code.

    You may be prompted to use your NetID recovery options if you have set them before.

    NetID Claim Step 2: Activation Code

    Students will be shown a welcome screen, displaying the NetID you're are about to claim:

    NetID Claim Welcome
  4. You will now be asked to set recovery options to use if you need to reset your password. Once you have finished entering at least one password recovery option, click "Continue".

    NetID Claim: Set Recovery Options

    North American (Canada, Mexico, US) should NOT be entered with a preceding country code of 1. Enter your phone number as:  (000) 000-0000.

    International phone numbers should be accepted with the appropriate country code.If your number is still not accepted, click "Logout" in the upper-right corner of the site, then log back in with the same NetID and activation code. The 'invalid phone number' error usually only occurs the first time you log into the claim website.

  5. Next, set a password for your account. The requirements will be checked as you type; see Identity Management, Requirements for Acceptable Passwords.

    NetID Claim: Set Your Password
  6. The final screen will confirm that you have successfully completed the NetID claim process. Grad students will need to also set up 2-factor authentication at the NetID Center in order to access your email account.

    Undergrad completion screen:

    NetID Claim: Undergrad Completed

    Grad student completion screen:

    NetID Claim: Graduate Completed

Keywords:NetID claim, UIN, admit ID, new student, new undergraduate, new graduate, university affiliate, undergrad, grad,   Doc ID:48110
Owner:ID M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-03-03 15:23 CDTUpdated:2022-06-03 15:50 CDT
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