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CNetID - Claiming Process
This article explains the CNetID claiming process for faculty, staff, and students new to the University.
A CNetID is a username and unique identifier available to all University faculty, staff, and students, that is used to access most online services at the University of Chicago. The combination of your CNetID and password is the means by which faculty, students, and staff are authenticated and authorized to use such services as cMore, my.uchicago.edu, Chalk, Wiki, WebShare, and campus mail.
An email address at the University contains a CNetID. When a CNetID is created, an email account1 is also created. The email address takes the format of CNetID@uchicago.edu.
Creating Your CNetID
- Visit https://cnet.uchicago.edu and click the Create your CNetID and Password link from the How to Request this Service section.
- Enter your birth month, day, and year.
- Enter your ID Number. Your ID number can be your SSN, Student ID, Alumni ID, Chicago ID, or your University of Chicago ISO number.
- Your Alumni ID can be found on the address label of your Chicago Magazine. Alumni who graduated before 1980 will need to use this in place of their Social Security Number. If you have problems finding your Alumni ID, call (877) 292-3945, or email the Alumni Office at email@example.com.
- Your ISO number is a 16 digit number that is printed on your University of Chicago ID card.
- ChicagoID is an eight digit number followed by a letter. It is found on the back of your University of Chicago ID Card.
Note: Please be careful when electing a CNetID as it is a permanent identifier and is used publicly as part of your email address. Please select a name you will like for years; even if you change your real name legally, your CNetID will remain static. Your CNetID must begin with a letter and can contain only letters and digits. It can be from 3 to 16 characters in length.
Note: Given the permanence of the CNetID, this is encouragement to be certain you've chosen wisely. It will be part of your email address and therefore one of the most widely circulated pieces of information by which others will know you.
Note: If you choose to forward email, an additional request to confirm email forwarding appears.
1 If you handle sensitive information, such as student information, patient information, human resource information or grant data, you must not forward these communications to a non-University service, but you may forward to a departmental service. For more information about the University's policy on the treatment of confidential information, see section U601 of the Personnel Policy. More information about email can be found in the Service Catalog.