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Accounts & Passwords

Register for your email, Athena, or Kerberos account. Get the certificates you need to log in to MIT’s network. Find answers to all things account-related.

Athena User Accounts

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.

Roles and Authorizations

The Roles Database stores access rules (user authorizations) for applications such as SAP, Data Warehouse, and the Graduate Admissions System, among others. Specially Authorized Departmental and Central Administrators use the web-based Roles Database application to view and manage the user authorizations.

Touchstone Authentication

MIT Touchstone is a single sign-on web authentication service that allows members of the MIT community to log in to participating MIT and federated websites. When using a Touchstone-enabled application, your password will never be passed to the application server.

Guest Accounts

A sponsored guest account is required for voucher or temporary staff, former students or staff who are no longer eligible but need continuing access to their account, as well as visitors who need an MIT electronic identity.

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