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Accounts - Students


In order to get the most out of the campus IT environment, you will need an email account and an IdentiKey. OIT has created these for you, now you need to activate your IdentiKey.

Email and Calendar Service

What is it:

  • Your email address and a collaborative calendar service.
  • Students receive an email and calendar account through OIT on Microsoft 365. 

Please note: Students provisioned with accounts before January 2023 were provisioned with Gmail. Due to a Google's end to unlimited storage for the academic community, OIT is transitioning away from using Gmail. 

Who gets it:

Why you should use it:

  • Email is an official means of communication on the CU Boulder campus.

How to access it:

  • Use your IdentiKey to log in.
  • Students provisioned after January 2023: Access email via Outlook on the Web
  • Students provisioned before January 2023: Access email via Gmail

When you get it:

  • Email accounts are automatically created for students with active IdentiKeys and become active when a student is confirmed for an active term at CU Boulder.

Manage it:

  • CU Boulder's IdentKey Manager allows you to set how your outgoing email address is displayed, create alternate addresses, and set your email delivery location.

What is it:

An IdentiKey consists of an IdentiKey username and an IdentiKey password. IdentiKeys play a large role in computing at CU Boulder. An IdentiKey gives you access to:

  • Buff Portal, the student portal
  • Email services
  • Computers in OIT computing labs
  • UCB Wireless network
  • Canvas
  • Other Services provided by CU Boulder

Who gets it:

  • All students, however, authorization to particular resources may change depending on your status with the university.

When you get it:

  • IdentiKeys are created when you are accepted to the University of Colorado Boulder. After being accepted, you can activate it.

Activation and Management:

  • Learn more about IdentiKey, including how to activate it at the IdentiKey page.
  • Once your account is activated you can use the services listed above. Use CU Boulder's IdentiKey Manager to change your password, authentication questions, change your display name and more.