Accounts: UnityID

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Your Unity ID has 8 or fewer characters and is automatically generated from your name in a two-step procedure:

  1. A string of letters is created using the initials of your first and middle names and the first six letters of your last name, all in lower case.
  2. If this string matches one previously created for someone else, the last letter will be replaced with or followed by a numeral. Here are some examples:
    • George William Abernathy's would be "gwaberna."
    • Mary Jones Smith's Unity ID would be "mjsmith."
    • Melissa Jane Smith's would be "mjsmith2" because of the duplicated letters.

If you don't know your Unity ID, it may be frustrating or time-consuming to try guessing it, since it might contain a numeral. Contact the NC State Help Desk during normal business hours if you need help determining it.


Using your Unity ID together with your password, you can:

  • Access your campus-based email.
  • Access any workstation in a Unity or Eos lab.
  • Manage files in your personal AFS file space.
  • Access certain NC State web pages that are not available to the public.
  • Access the Pack Tracks system ( to register for classes, review your class schedules and waitlist status, view your transcript and make address changes.
  • Read articles on electronic reserve through Library Services (
  • Turn in homework electronically using tools such as WebAssign.

Change Password

Once I've come up with a new password, how do I replace my old one? You can change your Unity password online by filling out and submitting the form found at

It may take up to one hour after you change your password for the new one to take effect. If you log in and your new password does not work, try the old one. Being logged in under the old password will not keep the new one from becoming active.


Student accounts are deactivated on census day (the last day of drop-add) of the first semester that a student is not registered. When an account is deactivated, no one will be able to log in with that userid or have access to files stored under it.

So if you graduated during the Fall semester, expect your account to be disabled near the end of the following Febuary; if you graduated in Spring (or Summer), expect it to be disabled late September.

Accounts are deleted one year after account deactivation.

Extended access for newly graduated students

Computing Services will extend recent graduates' access to their e-mail and Unity/Eos file space for four months after graduation. This policy is being offered as a courtesy to help the many students who use e-mail and Web resumes as part of their job search and career planning strategies. While recent graduates will not be able to login to public workstations in campus computing facilities (such as Unity labs), after graduation they will be able access e-mail and file space remotely; Web pages on the server will remain accessible via the Internet while accounts are active.