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CUNY Portal ID

What is the Portal ID?

The CUNY Portal ID is a username and password that lets you access services hosted centrally at CUNY (as opposed to services hosted locally at Hunter, such as your email).  The CUNY services include:

  • Blackboard
  • DIG
  • ePermit
  • CUNY Alert
  • CUNY eMall

You cannot use your Hunter NetID to access any of these services; you must create a CUNY Portal ID to use them.  You can create your username, but Hunter strongly recommends that you use your Hunter NetID for your Portal ID username, if it is not already in use by another member of the CUNY community.  For example, if your Hunter NetID is "jsmith," we advise you to choose "jsmith" as your CUNY Portal ID username as well.  But, whatever you choose, you should remember it--you'll use it extensively throughout your time at CUNY!

Please note: If you are transferring from another CUNY college, it is very likely that you already have a Portal ID!  Do not try and create a new CUNYPortal Account.  If you already created your CUNY Portal ID but don't remember your username, you can look it up (see below).  You should also verify that your Primary College is set to Hunter, or you may get errors when you try to access DIG, ePermit, and eSIMS--we have a walkthrough with screenshots.

To activate your CUNY Portal ID, go to, click on the "Portal Log-in" link at the bottom of the left menu bar, then the "Register Now" on the following page.  Follow the instructions on each succeeding page.  (If you need more explicit directions, you can click here for a walkthrough.)

How do I change my password?

  1. When logged into the CUNY Portal, click on the "My Profile" link on the left menu bar. 
  2. Click the "Modify" button on the following page. 
  3. The boxes to enter your old password and type in a new one are at the bottom of that page.
  4. Click the "Save" button when finished.

I've forgotten my username and/or password!  What do I do?

Go to and click on the "Portal Log-in" link at the bottom of the left menu bar.  On the following page, click the link next to "Student, faculty or staff, forgot your user name or password?" (the link itself simply reads "Click Here").  This will take you to a page that has you confirm certain personal information, after which it will display your Portal ID (if you have one, and permit you to reset your password.  (We also have a walkthrough with screenshots.)


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