What is NetID?

Your NetID is a Colorado State University System electronic identity that will replace CSU Fort Collins eIDs and CSU Pueblo eAccounts. Every student, faculty, and staff member will have a NetID.

NetID is coming to CSU Fort Collins in July 2022.

NetID has already been adopted by our system partners at CSU Pueblo. 

What should current students, faculty and staff know about this change?

No action is required to obtain a NetID. If you joined CSU Fort Collins before July 2022, your eName/eID becomes your NetID automatically. When prompted for your NetID by system log-ins, forms, or departments on campus, you will provide the same information as you did when asked for your eName/eID.

Beginning in July, you will navigate to the NetID website to manage your NetID, passwords, Two-Factor Authentication settings, and more. The NetID website will be launched this summer; until then, you can still visit eid.colostate.edu to manage your eID.

Funnel graphic showing CSU Fort Collins eID and CSU Pueblo PID becoming CSU System NetID

Frequently Asked Questions

If you joined CSU Fort Collins before July 2022, your eName/eID becomes your NetID: 

  • 2 to 8 lowercase characters starting with a letter 
  • Created by the user 
  • Example: xgarcia 

If you join CSU after July 2022, your NetID will follow the new standard format: 

  • C followed by your 9-digit CSU ID 
  • Automatically generated 
  • Example: C899456789 

All students, faculty and staff at CSU Fort Collins and CSU Pueblo will have NetIDs. The format of the NetID will depend on when you join the university. See the “What is the format of a NetID?” question for more information. 

When logging in to portal.colostate.edu, Outlook, Teams or other Microsoft applications, you will use your NetID and password.

Microsoft 365 Portal Sign in Screen

The format of of your NetID will depend on when you joined the university:  

If you joined CSU Fort Collins before July 2022: 

  • Use ename@colostate.edu, example: xgarcia@colostate.edu 
  • No change to the current process for logging in 

If you join CSU after July 2022: 

The single sign-on authentication page (below) that grants access to several key university systems will update to prompt users for their NetID rather than their eName.

CSU eID Login Page Screenshot
  • Users that currently have an eID will use their eID/eName and eID password as their NetID and NetID password to log in once the system is implemented in July.  
  • Users with the new NetID format (C+9-digit CSUID number) will use that and their NetID password to log in.  

There are no current plans to transition eNames to the new NetID (C followed by your 9-digit CSU ID) format. 

Due to the many CSU and federated systems that use this information as your unique identifier through single sign-on, we are unable to change current eIDs/eNames to the new format when migrating to NetID. 

Your eID password will become your NetID password. It will sustain its expiration date and you will still only need to change it once a year. 

NetID passwords expire one year after they were created or last changed. CSU’s IT Security Policy requires annual password changes and that your password must adhere to certain rules that make it difficult for someone else to guess.  

No, the information listed on your Ramcard will not be changing so there is no need to get a new card. 

Those who currently have an eID will see very little changes – systems will now ask them for their NetID rather than their eID/eName, but they will use the same information to log-in. They will also visit a new website to view their NetID information, change their password, and manage two-factor authentication settings. 

No action will be required by eID users on July 19. 

For eIDs, faculty and staff accounts would be disabled 30 days after leaving CSU and losing CSU affiliation, and students would be disabled a year after. 

All NetIDs will be in the “Expiration Cycle” state for one year before being disabled.  

NetID: designed with collaboration in mind

Changing our electronic ID is a big deal. This is a rare occurrence for any organization, but we recognized the unique opportunity to work with our partner campus in Pueblo to develop a new electronic identity that both campuses will utilize.  This represents a major milestone in our evolution and partnership and will open many possibilities for shared resources, increased collaboration, and a better student experience across the CSU System.