Account credentials (IDs) are used to access various IT services.

NetID - is in the form of 1 letter, 2 numbers, 1 letter, 3 numbers.  Example: a12b786 
This ID is used with a password that can be set in the Password Reset Portal.

Your NetID is used to access:

  • Logging into campus computers
  • MyInfo (access to personal information such as transcripts, class schedules, grades, financial aid packages, etc) 
  • Box (cloud storage)
  • Brightspace 
  • MSUN Secure Wireless Network
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Student email
  • VPN
  • Official student email (Office 365.  Find out more and login...)

Banner ID - is in the form of 8 numbers preceded by a dash (-).  Example: -12345678
This ID is used to access the Password Reset Portal (first time only).

The Password Reset Port is the location where you set/change your NetID password.

Box is a collaboration and file-sharing service for Montana State University-Northern students, faculty and staff. Box offers secure, content-rich, user-friendly, unlimited content sharing. Box allows content to be stored online, so it can be accessed, managed, and shared anytime, anywhere on any device. MSU-Northern shares MSU-Bozeman's instance of Box, and it is called "Montana State Box".

All MSU-Northern faculty and staff have a Box accounts: Use your NetID and password to log in.

Find out more about using Box...

MSU-Northern has around 250 computers that are considered lab or open use computers. These computers are located at various locations across the campus.  Use your NetID and password to log onto them.

Find out more about the locations of the labs and software installed in them...

Network Storage - This is what is known as a "Z drive":. The Z drive is automatically mapped when you log onto any campus computer. Students Z drives have 250MB of storage.

All Z drives are backed up by ITS, however: audio, image and video files are not backed up.

Cloud Storage - Box is MSU-Northern's cloud file storage and collaboration tool. Box student accounts come with unlimited storage, and the ability to share and access files easily from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Learn more about Box and how to access your account...

MSU-Northern provides all students free Microsoft Office 365 access, including Office software that you can download and install on up to 5 personal devices for as long as you are enrolled at MSU-Northern.

Learn more about O365 and how to access your account...

The MSU-Northern Residential Network (ResNet) provides cable TV, telephone service, and delivers both wired and wireless Internet access for students living in the Residence Halls.

MSU-Northern's Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows users to to securely access resources that are on the campus network from remote locations.  

Find out more about the VPN...

"Northern" is MSU's secure encrypted wireless network available on campus. It must be used if you want to access campus resources such as Z: network drives from your wireless device. It requires your NetID and password to access.

"Northern_Guest" is an unsecured wireless network available for guests on campus, and students in the residence halls. It does not require authentication to access.