While on campusback to top
If you are a brand new student, check out Getting Started: Students to find out how to get up and running with IT.
Manage your accounts
- Reset your Kerberos password.
- Current MIT students may request a change to their Kerberos username and email address.
- Sign up for Duo two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication offers you double the protection for your systems, services, and accounts. Learn more.
Certificates for accessing the network
Certificates let you log on safely to MITnet and the internet, and identify you to various websites.
- Desktop: First you need to download the MIT Certificate Authority (MIT CA). Then you can download your personal certificate.
- Mobile devices: Download your certificates.
Note: Certificates expire once per year, which means you'll need to renew them at least that often. Install them on each browser for each computer or device you will use to access certificate-protected sites.
Connect to MITnet and the internet
You can connect wirelessly or plug in to an Ethernet port. Either way, just click on your web browser and follow the on-screen prompts to register your device. If you connect wirelessly, just log in to MIT Secure with your Kerberos username and password.
Visit owa.mit.edu to begin using email and setting up your preferences. MIT uses your @mit email address to contact you about everything and anything; however, you can forward your @mit email to another account.
You can also get a jump start on your post-graduation MIT email from the Alumni Association by registering for your Infinite Connection account during your first semester on campus.
Note: In addition to your MIT Kerberos account, you may be assigned a departmental email address in a domain such as @sloan.mit.edu, @math.mit.edu, @csail.mit.edu, etc. This account is separate from your @mit.edu account. You should contact your department to find out when your departmental email address will be deactivated after graduation.
Canvas and WebSIS
Canvas is MIT’s online cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) that brings instructors, students, and course content together in online course sites.
Stellar / Learning Modules (LMOD) is MIT’s legacy platform.
WebSIS is MIT's online student information system. Use WebSIS to view your course schedule, pre-register for classes, view your grades, and update your personal information. When you use WebSIS, you need to identify yourself with your MIT certificates.
Browse and download available software
As a student, you have access to a large volume of software. Browse and download what’s available.
As an MIT student, you can take advantage of special discounts on the following:
Get MIT’s free Mobile App, which includes an interactive campus map, shuttle schedule, and people directory.
Sign up right now for the MIT Alert and program in the phone number for the Campus Police (617-253-1212).
Find computer labs (and printers)
Called Athena Clusters, these groups of computers and printers are located in various locations across campus and are available for students. Learn more, including where clusters and printers are located on a campus map.
Create a backup plan for your data
Don’t wait for a hard drive crash or software glitch to ruin your 50-page research paper the night before it’s due. Set up a data back up plan now and avoid a meltdown later.
Stay safe and secure while online
MIT's prestige and visibility on the Internet makes it a target of online attacks or phishing scams. If you receive email appearing to come from MIT, be aware that we will NEVER ask you to supply your password or other private information by email, nor will we ever require you to visit a special web page to "verify" your account.
If you feel directly threatened or unsafe, contact the Campus Police.
Review available resources
Now that you’re up and running, take a look at all the IT resources available to you.
Leaving MITback to top
"Offboarding" is the process of transitioning and closing out your digital presence at MIT. It is important that you download, move, or transfer ownership of the files and data associated with your MIT accounts before they are deactivated.
Day after graduation:
The day after you graduate, your MIT account status will be changed from student to affiliate. As an Institute affiliate, you will no longer be covered by MIT’s licenses to:
- Download software from the IS&T software grid licensed for student use
Use previously installed software licensed for MIT student use
Note: Students using Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise can convert their software to a permanent license but must do so before graduating.
- Access student-only websites and web services
Take the following steps ASAP to ensure that your data isn't lost:
- Download or transfer data from your MIT accounts such as email, cloud storage services (Dropbox, G Suite, OneDrive), LastPass, and Athena.
- Transfer ownership of any websites, Moira and Mailman mailing lists, or AFS lockers that you administer for any MIT groups or organizations to students remaining at MIT.
- Secure personal licenses for software or services that you will no longer have access to under the Institute’s enterprise agreements but wish to continue using.
January following graduation:
Your status will change from affiliate to deleted. At that point, you will lose access to all Touchstone-authenticated Institute services and related data, including:
- MIT email
- MIT-licensed cloud-based services, such as CrashPlan, Dropbox for Business, LastPass Enterprise, Zoom, Slack Enterprise Grid, and MIT GitHub
- Athena and AFS lockers
- Get access to an exclusive array of resources and discounts after you graduate through the MIT Alumni Association.
- Register for your Infinite Connection account.
- Sign up for an MIT alumni email account. Note: Your current @mit.edu account will stop working approximately 6 months after graduation.
If you installed any software from MIT during your time here, make sure you uninstall it if the license requires it. MATLAB, for example, is only available for your use while you're currently enrolled at MIT.
Students using Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise: Convert your software to a permanent license before graduating.
There are several other services on campus that will be impacted when you graduate. Find out what you need to do to disengage from additional MIT resources.
Contact the IS&T Service Desk with questions or for help with preparing for the transition process.