What is NetID?

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

NetID was introduced to CSU Fort Collins in July 2022.

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

Why NetID? 

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.

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

No action is required to obtain a NetID. If you are currently associated with CSU Fort Collins, 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.

Students, faculty, and staff will continue to visit the eID website to manage their identity, passwords, and Two-Factor Authentication settings.

NetID Implementation Update

The project to replace eID with the CSU System identity, NetID, is currently being worked on in phases. The identity name change to NetID still applies. Stay tuned for details on the new implementation plan. We are currently developing a timeline of milestones and implementation steps. That information will be published here when available.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the format of a NetID?

    If you are currently associated with CSU Fort Collins, 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 NetID has been fully implemented (Summer 2023), your NetID will follow the new standard format:
    C followed by your 9-digit CSU ID
    Automatically generated
    Example: C899456789

  • Who will have a NetID?

    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.

  • What do I use to log in to M365 resources?

    When logging in to, Outlook, Teams or other Microsoft applications, you will use your NetID and password.
    Your email should be in the form of
    The format of of your NetID will depend on when you joined the university (for example or )

  • What do I use to log in to CSU Systems?

    The single sign-on authentication page that grants access to several key university systems will update to prompt users for their NetID rather than their eName.
    Users that currently have an eID will use their eID/eName and eID password as their NetID and NetID password to log in.
    Users with the new NetID format (C+9-digit CSUID number) will use that and their NetID password to log in.

  • Will those with eNames eventually have to change to the new format?

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

  • Can current users update their eName to the new NetID C+9 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.

  • What will happen with my eID password?

    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.

  • What is the NetID password policy?

    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.

  • Will I need a new Ramcard?

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

  • What changes will eID holders see?

    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 is required of eID users.

  • Will emails currently being routed as to alias update to to alias?

    Yes, internal routing of the email address will be routed through as the alias.

  • How long will people retain access to their account after they leave CSU?

    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.

  • I need to transfer content from one email account to another, how do I do that?

    Use the steps below to add a second email account to your view in Outlook. These instructions assume that you already have Outlook setup to connect to your primary email account.
    1. Start Outlook (on Windows)
    2. From Outlook, click “File” and then click the “+ Add Account” button.
    3. When prompted to enter an email address, enter the email address of the account you’ll be adding and click “Connect”.
    4. When prompted to login, enter the username in the format of and click “Next”.
    5. Enter the password for the account and complete the DUO login if prompted.
    6. The second mailbox should now appear as an additional mailbox/folder in Outlook, and you can copy email between your accounts using “drag and drop”.