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 has a NetID.

NetID was introduced to CSU Fort Collins in July 2022 and was fully implemented in July 2023.

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

NetID as the electronic identity for both CSU in Fort Collins and CSU Pueblo 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.

NetID Implementation

No action is required to obtain a NetID. If you are currently associated with CSU in Fort Collins, your eName/eID became 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 can visit the NetID website to manage their identity, passwords, and Two-Factor Authentication settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the format of a NetID?

    If you were associated with CSU Fort Collins prior to July 21, 2023, your eName/eID automatically became your NetID:

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

    If you joined CSU after July 21, 2023, your NetID will follow the new standard format:

    • C followed by your 9-digit CSU ID
    • Automatically generated
    • Example: C899456789
  • Who has a NetID?

    All students, faculty and staff at CSU Fort Collins and CSU Pueblo have NetIDs. The format of the NetID will depend on when you joined the university.

    See the “What is the format of a NetID?” question for more information.

  • How do I manage my NetID or update my password?

    Students, faculty, and staff can visit the NetID website to manage their identity, passwords, and Two-Factor Authentication settings.

  • 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 “”
    • The format 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 prompts users for their NetID and password.

    The format of your NetID will depend on when you joined the university (for example xgarcia or C899456789).

  • Can users opt to 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 NetID format.

  • What will happen with my current password?

    Your current password will remain unchanged during the NetID implementation. 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 users see?

    Users will see very little changes during the transition – CSU systems will prompt 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 current users during the NetID implementation.

    We have compiled information for IT and administrative professionals to be aware of during the implementation, see IT: NetID IT and Admin Resources.

  • 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?

    The expiration of NetID accounts depends on your affiliation with the University. See NetID: Account Expiration for details.

    NetID accounts for CSU Fort Collins faculty, staff, and associates expire 30 days after their University affiliation ends, due to Microsoft 365 licensing costs and other considerations.