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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's Google Workspace service.

Who gets it:

  • All enrolled students.
  • Alumni who graduated

Why you should use it:

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

How to access it:

When you get it:

  • Google 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 Identity 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 a CU login name 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
  • IdentiKey is managed with CU Boulder's Identity Manager

Learn more about IdentiKey, including how to activate at the IdentiKey page.

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.

Activate it:

  • Learn more about IdentiKey, including how to activate it at the IdentiKey page.

Manage it:

  • Once your account is activated you can use the services listed above. Use CU Boulder's Identity Manager to change your password, or reset it if you've forgotten it.