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Your MIT Kerberos account (sometimes called an Athena/MIT/email account) is your online identity at MIT. Once you set up your account, you will be able to access your MIT email, educational technology discounts, your 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.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates

Benefits and key features

Registering for an MIT Kerberos 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.



Getting started

Faculty and staff: Once you have your MIT ID number, proceed to the Account registration page.

Freshmen: Register through the admissions portal. When you receive a confirmation email from the admissions office, log in to the portal and click the link to register for an MIT Kerberos (Athena) Account.

Graduate students: Students new to MIT need an MIT Kerberos 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 in building W20 or the MIT Kerberos Accounts Office in building E17-106. (MIT ID card required.)

Current MIT students may request a change to their Kerberos username and email address.

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.


Getting help

Most of our correspondence is done via email; however, you can also call us (phone: 617-253-1325) or visit us in person (8 AM-5 PM, M-F, excluding Institute holidays).