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The NetID

Every student, staff or faculty member at Hunter College (with the exception of Continuing Ed) is issued a NetID to log into Hunter networked services, including email, wireless networks, and the Library proxy server. The Hunter NetID is created on commitment to Hunter College (students) or employment (faculty and staff) and contingent on continued registration or employment. 

Please note that the Hunter NetID is NOT the same as the CUNY Portal ID which is registered and maintained by CUNY systems. Go here for a list of which services use the NetID and which require the PortalID.

You can manage your NetID through NetID Central, which allows you to change your password, look up your NetID if you don't know it, and reset your password if you have forgotten it.  Please read the NetID Central page for more information.


Your NetID is the first part of your Hunter email address (if your NetID is "jsmith", your email address will be "").  Once you arrive on campus, this is the only method your professors and the administration will use to contact you!  Make sure to check your Hunter email regularly.

Undergraduate students: Your NetID will be created after you commit to Hunter (by going through MyChoice), and the NetID is usually sent to the personal email you gave during the admissions process.  If you did not get that email, and it has been more than a week since you committed via MyChoice, you can look up your NetID using NetID Central.

Graduate students: For most programs, your NetID will be created after you register for classes for the first time.  This is an automatic process.  If you did not get that email, and it has been more than a day since you registered for classes, you can look up your NetID using NetID Central.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff will receive their Hunter NetID subsequent to approval of hiring papers by a payroll authority such as Human Resources or Research Foundation. The NetID for faculty and staff is likewise used for their Hunter e-mail address, but full time staff and faculty (including adjuncts) will also have a long form e-mail address or alias, corresponding to the first and last name used in official hiring papers.

You will commonly encounter your Hunter NetID as the first part of the short form of your e-mail address: for example John Smith might have the short form e-mail address of

and a long form, or alias of

John Smith's Hunter NetID is therefore


If you have further questions about your NetID, please contact the appropriate Help Desk.
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