Your Athena User Account (sometimes called a Kerberos/MIT/email account) is your online identity at MIT. Once you set up your Athena account, you will be able to access your MIT email, educational technology discounts, student records, computing clusters, printing services, and much more.
When you register for an account on MIT's Athena system, you create your MIT Kerberos identity.
Benefits and key features
Registering for an Athena account establishes your identity in MIT's Kerberos security system and provides you with access to a vast array of technology services and resources on campus. When these systems ask for your username and password, they're really asking for your centrally-maintained MIT Kerberos username and password.
Faculty and staff: Once you have your MIT ID number, proceed to the Account Registration page.
Freshmen: Register through the my.mit.edu admissions portal. When you receive a confirmation email from the admissions office, log in to the my.mit.edu portal and click the link to register for an Athena Account ("Kerberos ID").
Graduate students: Students new to MIT need an Account Coupon that contains personalized keywords. (Sloan School Graduate Students use the Apply Yourself PIN instead of a coupon). Graduate students receive coupons from their department. If you misplace or do not receive a coupon, you can obtain one from the Student Services Center or the User Accounts Office. (MIT ID card required.)
Guests and voucher/temporary employees: Guest/voucher/temp accounts are only valid for users who are not registered MIT undergrad/grad students, MIT faculty, or MIT on-campus staff, but are working on Institute projects that make use of Athena or its related services. Guest accounts must be sponsored by MIT faculty or staff by completing the Sponsoring an Account form.