Student NetIDs & Email

The Office of Technology Services (OTS) maintains free computing and email accounts, known as NetIDs, for all current students. 


A "NetID" is your account that provides access to TU’s computing services, including email, online file storage, Blackboard, web publishing, chat, video conferencing, use of lab computers, wireless access services and more. Everyone at TU gets assigned a unique NetID account consisting of a username, email address and password. 

New to TU?

A one-time NetID activation is required

Your NetID is automatically created if you are an admitted student or an English Language Center student, but you'll need to activate it. Follow university guidelines for responsible computing. If you need help, submit a TechHelp service request or contact Student Computing Services. 

You're required to reset your password annually using TU's Password Guidelines. You'll get heads up notifications in your TU email in advance of your password expiring.

Need to a forgotten or expired password? Use the NetID Management tools. Never give out your NetID password to anyone - no one at TU will ever ask for or need your password!

  • After 18 months following graduation or enrollment eligibility, your NetID will automatically be disabled in and later purged from the system. 
  • One month prior to the NetID being disabled, an email will be automatically sent to you, which provides some basic information about downloading and archiving any remaining data in your account.

If you return to the university, you'll be given the same NetID and email address.


TU uses Microsoft Outlook for email. Your email account is accessible once you have activated your NetID. Login at and enter your NetID and password. 

Yes! See self-help articles for getting started with and using Outlook in the TechHelp Knowledge Base. Since Outlook is an app within your TU Microsoft 365 account (along with Word, Excel etc.), you can also see other M365 resources.

If you are using a non-Towson University email account, you could be missing assignments, time-sensitive financial aid information or other important campus correspondence. To ensure receipt of TU emails, set up auto-forwarding to your TU Outlook account. 

If you stop enrolling in courses, you should let people know to stop sending email to your TU address, and instead send it to a different, personal email address.

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