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How Do I Activate My ULID Account?

Follow these instructions to activate your ULID account, which allows you to access email,, Office 365, and Active Directory. 

Activate Your ULID Account

To activate your ULID account, do the following:

  1. Go to
  2. Click [Activate ULID Now].
  3. Enter your University ID number (UID) and your birth date.

Note: Your UID number is printed on the front of your Redbird Card. You can also find it on both your physical acceptance letter you received in the mail and the acceptance letter sent to your email account.

  1. Click [Continue].
  2. Complete all fields on the Activate Your Account page.
  3. Click [Continue].
  4. An email message will be sent to the email address you provided.
  5. You will need to click on the link within that email message to validate your email address. When you do this, you will be taken back into the account activation process.
  • IMPORTANT: Please complete all steps within the same browser and using the same device (i.e., Do not start the process on a computer and open the email link using another device such as a cell phone).
  1. Review the agreement on the Electronic Signature Acknowledgement Form and do one of the following:


  • To opt in to eConsent, select [I Consent], enter your initials, and click [Continue].


  • To opt out of eConsent, click the link in the third paragraph labeled “the following form”. Review the information on the screen, select [I Opt Out], enter your initials, and click [Continue].


  1. Select [Agree] to the Appropriate Use Policy. To review this policy, click on the link provided.
  2. Select [Agree] or [Do Not Agree] for Survey Participation.
  3. Click [Continue].
  4. Complete the required fields to create your password and complete the security questions.
  5. Click [Continue].
  6. A message will appear stating that the account activation process has been completed.

How to Get Help

To get help activating your ULID account, please contact the Technology Support Center.

If you need assistance determining your UID number or to check on your status with the University, please contact the Registrar Service Center at 309-438-2188.

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